In frankly, a surprising move, coach David Beaty announced late Wednesday night that he was making changes to the Jayhawk’s offensive staff. Offensive coordinator Doug Meacham is out, and Beaty will take over his offense.
“I appreciate Doug and all the work he put in during his time at Kansas,” Beaty said in a statement. “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.”
Meacham joined the Kansas staff before the 2017. Beaty stole him away from TCU, where he was a co-offensive coordinator along with Sonny Cumbie. Before that, Meacham spent time at Oklahoma State, his alma mater.
So Meacham knows good offenses.
The question is, just what kind of improvement is Beaty looking for in such a short amount of time? After all, Meacham is still working with players he inherited, and it’s no secret that quarterback play is lacking in Lawrence right now. Despite rotating through three different quarterbacks, the Jayhawk’s offense has shown signs of improvement under Meacham.
Kansas is currently averaging 27.7 points per game, that’s the best scoring production (by far) the Jayhawks have seen since 2009, when Kansas averaged 29.4 points a game and went to the Orange Bowl under Mark Mangino.
In further signs of improvement, Kansas is currently averaging 347.5 yards of total offense a game. That’s good for eighth in the conference, which that doesn’t sound great, but it’s better than dead last. Which is where the Jayhawks have been ranked the last eight years.
And while racking up yards and scoring 55 points against Rutgers somewhat skews that number, they play cupcakes every year, and again, Meacham isn’t exactly playing with a full deck, and it was never going to be a quick turnaround.
Beaty and Meacham’s relationship had reportedly become strained over the last few weeks, as Beaty has shown his frustration on the sidelines. Beaty has been seen walking around with a offensive play sheet the last few weeks, and last week against West Virginia, Beaty grabbed a headset from someone on the sidelines and started ripping into the person on the other end. Some have speculated that the person on the other side was Meacham, but that has not been confirmed.
This isn’t the first time Beaty has made this move, either. After being shut out in Beaty’s first year at Kansas, Beaty demoted then-offensive coordinator Rob Likens to “walk-around guy”, and took over play calling duties, himself.
The Jayhawks are on their bye week this week, but Saturday needs to hurry up and get here, before the Big 12 loses any more coordinators.