Wednesday, October 10, 2018

KU football coach David Beaty fires offensive coordinator Doug Meacham

Kansas offensive coordinator Doug Meacham points during a drill in the team's second practice of fall camp on Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017.

Kansas offensive coordinator Doug Meacham points during a drill in the team's second practice of fall camp on Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017.


Kansas football coach David Beaty announced Wednesday evening that he had fired offensive coordinator Doug Meacham.

"I appreciate Doug and all the work he put in during his time at Kansas," said Beaty in a news release. "None of us are satisfied with the progress we are making on the offensive side of the ball. We hope that with this change we are better able to put our players in the best position to be successful."

Beaty said the coordination of the offense for the remainder of the season would be a team effort, but added that he will have final say regarding in-game play calling.

In addition, Beaty will work directly with the quarterbacks.

Kansas (2-4 overall, 0-3 Big 12) is on a bye this week and will return to the field for its first game without Meacham on Oct. 20 at Texas Tech.

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Adam Engelbrecht 3 years, 2 months ago

So Beaty is gonna be calling the plays from here on out, more or less sealing his fate by or before the end of the season. Neat deal.

Brian Wilson 3 years, 2 months ago

Not really a surprising Neat deal. Meachem is as much responsible for play calling as is Beaty and I am sure that at this point the two are butting heads on the right game plan and ] play calling. Not to mention which Quarterback to start. So Beaty solved that issue and from the article there appears to be no cause for termination other than Beaty is going in a different direction (so it's "right to work", "employed at will"). I'm sure Meachem will get a good severance, departs amicably, and has more time to find another job while Beaty gets to go out doing it his way......Captain of the Ship!

Jayson Hawk 3 years, 2 months ago

What a Train Wreck! Maybe he "Just needs more time" as OC. or the "cupboard was bare when he got there" those seem to be the excuses we hear for Beaty. SMH. Sooooo this isnt a good time for Long to Fire Beaty, but Beaty thinks it makes sense to Fire his OC right now? BTW, did anyone notice on a third down (I think 3rd down) we lined up on offense with only 10 men. lol What an absolute circus.

Steven Haag 3 years, 2 months ago

I think it’s a good move. We have too many talented players to be averaging less than 25 points per game. I have seen many posts about terrible play calling all year long. Not saying Beaty will do better, but I doubt he is worse. He has nothing to lose. If he makes masterful calls, we score more points and even win a few games, he might get to stay. If he blows at play calling.....then he was going to be let go anyway on the course he was on, so he doesn’t lose a thing.

Stephen H Hadley 3 years, 2 months ago

I don't believe HCDB would make this decision on his own. Believe this is coming from the AD and his football consultant.

Len Shaffer 3 years, 2 months ago

You may be right, Stephen. On the other hand, the firing would be in line with the way Beaty has "run" things throughout his tenure -- i.e., indecisiveness, constant turnover, etc.

Ray Winger 3 years, 2 months ago

I believe you are exactly right. When I look at each postion group, they look much better than the team performance: Receivers-good, Running backs-good, offensive line-better than last year and has been good after the break, etc. , etc. Something had to change

John Joseph Gorski 3 years, 2 months ago

Shambles, that's all I can say is shambles. At least Meachum can get a head start on finding a job for next year while Beaty will be hoping to get Zingers job at Free State next season.

Len Shaffer 3 years, 2 months ago

Meacham probably feels like he's been let out of jail. Excuse the mixed metaphors/similes, but I doubt he's losing much sleep over getting rescued from the Titanic.

Randy Bombardier 3 years, 2 months ago

I remember when Beaty did the play calling, coached QBs. It was no better. It makes me wonder if it had to do with football at all.

Robert Brock 3 years, 2 months ago

Long needs to loosen up and fire Beaty following the next game. Get it over with, already!

Dirk Medema 3 years, 2 months ago

This sounds a lot like Stoops getting fired at OU after the UT debacle. The firing; not the complaining.

John Fitzgerald 3 years, 2 months ago

How was Beaty even allowed to fire Meacham? Just look at these stats ( Not good EVERY year Beaty has been head coach. I mean, this is his 2nd OC now.

Brad Sherp 3 years, 2 months ago

The offense has been horrible, but it is much better than when Beaty was OC.

Perhaps Beaty thought that Meachum was the most likely interim HC, and wanted to pull the rug from under him.

Barry Weiss 3 years, 2 months ago

well, the new head coach that is hired will probably want to bring in his own coaches anyway. for all we know Meacham wanted to get another job.

Kevin Robert Fest 3 years, 1 month ago

I dont see how this is a good idea. Regardless of who is oc we aren't beating OU, TCU, TEXAS, etc so why change now? The offense has had months of practice, meetings and film study in the spring and summer, yet the offense is still stagnant. No matter which qb plays well Beaty refruses to give a vote of confidence to them but instead keeps them guessing. How does that help? Is it the bad o line? Beaty's indecision or lack of in game adjustments? Beaty's constant qb rotation and the qbs questioning the matter doesn't help either. Or is it that there is not enough talent to begin with? The offense is bad, but better than most recent years (mostly because of Pooka). Is this Meechams fault? Hardly. This decision Is just ANOTHER thing for the players to deal with needlessly. Our o line is bad, it has been bad, everything starts with the o line. There is no talent and alot of inexperience there. Now the offensive players especially the qbs are in for more change and lack of cohesiveness. Beaty is now just another voice in the never ending sea of voices that the constant change in coaches brings.

Let me ask this to all of you who didn't want Beaty to be fired before the season. Would things be better if Bowen or Meacham were interim coach or whomever would be chosen? Beaty is desperate and he's acting desperate, is this what the players need right now? Maybe if Beaty was fired before the season the coaches and players start fresh at least for this year. I remember when Weis was fired and Bowen was interim, they seemed to play a little looser and they didnt win but it was definitely better with Weis gone. Maybe they wouldn't win with being Beaty fired. But this most recent act can't help much and with all of Beaty's bad time outs , excuses, indecision and firing others for his complete carelessness l think the season would have a little more optimism instead of the same ole like we are now at this point. He is not just burning the program to the ground, he is leaving a 100 foot crater as well for the next coach to dig out of.

Brad Watson 3 years, 1 month ago

Best thing to happen for Meacham...I am happy for Doug....Bowen should resign would help him if he were fired...The ship is sunk...only the crows nest is above the water...Beaty did Meacham a favor.....It all comes down to your material...we have no leather...cotton ...wool... or silk ....we have only burlap to use....and burlap doesn't get it done...... because burlap is full of holes.

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