First, TCU head coach Gary Patterson hired former Oklahoma State player and assistant coach Doug Meacham from Houston where he was offensive coordinator to dial up the Frogs offense. Now Patterson has a younger former Cowboy on his staff in offensive graduate assistant and former OSU quarterback J.W. Walsh.
Patterson is very happy with his staff overall. In fact, keeping the majority of the coaches on staff, especially Meacham and co-offensive coordiator Sonny Cumbie, was huge.
"So for us, you know, I think, it's a compliment to TCU and Fort Worth that we've kept coaches and they've stayed," Patterson explained. "As I was telling somebody earlier, Sonny, in Sonny's case was offered by Texas, but it wasn't anything about Texas. Texas is an unbelievable university. Got great football tradition, and for us, I think Sonny's whole thing of where he grew up, understand he lives about 30 seconds from the office.
"He really liked his friends he had in Fort Worth. It just wasn't about football. I think that also ... the only thing I could say myself is I would have liked to have hired people that aren't just good football coaches, but when we hired Doug and Sonny, it wasn't just about X's and O's. I wanted to find two coaches that were respected by high school coaches and recruit in the state of Texas, and I wanted two guys that I could put together along with the staff that I had that would have chemistry because it's hard for your team to have chemistry with the players if your coaches don't."
We know Meacham was offered by several schools to make a move but he backed down early with the idea he wanted to stay in Fort Worth where his family has a great situation. Now with Walsh on the staff, Meacham has a young protege that is fun to work with and Patterson admits that he loves to hang out with Walsh and the GA's. He added that at TCU the graduate assistants get treated more like full-time coaches.
It will make the Cowboys trip to Fort Worth in November very interesting to see those former Cowboys on the other sidelines wearing purple.