Moving In Day at the OSU Football Offices

After three quiet days there was some major movement Friday in the Oklahoma State football office. Former Oklahoma State center Doug Meacham couldn't get over the view from his corner office of what he once knew as Lewis Field and is now Boone Pickens Stadium.

Meacham, who was Mike Gundy's first center at Oklahoma State in 1986, occupies the corner office on the ground floor of the football office. It's an office for alumni as he replaces another former Cowboy, Josh Henson, who left with former coach Les Miles to go to LSU.

Meacham reintroduced himself to this reporter and talked about old times and former teammates like fellow linemen Paul Blair and Mike Wolfe. Meacham, who has set records and a high standard as on offensive line coach at places like Henderson State and most recently Division I-AA Samford, doesn't resemble a former lineman. He said his slim frame is a result of a jogging habit that gets a break during recruiting season.

Meacham said he has kept up with Mike over the years, and he described how he found out he was coming home.

"This is a dream come true," said Meacham of coming home to Oklahoma State. "The last time I saw a play in this stadium I was a graduate assistant in 1988 watching Mike and Barry Sanders. I had taken a job with Brent Guy (another former Cowboy) to coach at Utah State, and later that day I got a call from Mike. My wife knew it was Mike and she watched as I talked with Mike. Mike, you know him, he gets right to the point and he said, 'how would you like to come down here and coach tight ends?' I looked at my wife and gave her a thumbs up and she just started crying out of happiness."

Meacham is wasting no time as he is already contacting recruits in his native Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. It was just a few minute later he was bounding up the stairs to Gundy's office to remind him it was time to call a linebacker recruit.

Meacham wasn't the only one moving about. New director of football operations Joe Gonzales spent much of the afternoon meeting with assistant director of football operations Dale Patterson getting the office routine and facts down. Gonzales is also back home in the Big 12 having previously served at Texas and Oklahoma. He also coached defensive backs at Tulsa for Don Morton from 1985-86. He comes to OSU from Notre Dame where he was the director of player development.

Back downstairs the name plates were already on the offices of new offensive coordinator Larry Fedora and new offensive line coach and run game coordinator Joe Wickline. The pair has been a team for the past six years rolling up big numbers at Middle Tennessee State and Florida before chosing to join Gundy over following former UF head coach Ron Zook to Illinois.

Oklahoma State assistant athletic director for golf Mike Holder was visiting the office and beaming a huge smile as he has been a Gundy supporter and mentor since the new head coach's days as a quarterback.

"Were going to have a good football team, and it's about time," said Holder obviously delighted to see all the activity engineered by Gundy as he puts together his staff.

Gundy answered questions as he bounced from office to office and back upstairs to his new office to take and make phone calls.

"We are working on George Edwards," said Gundy, referring to his pursuit of the six-year NFL veteran coach and former Duke linebacker and assistant coach who has worked with OSU associate head coach and special teams coordinator Joe DeForest. "There are some hang ups there that are slowing us down, but that's OK. We'll get it done."

DeForest, by the way, was missing from the office activity as he is on his way home after a full week on the road recruiting.
,br> In hiring developments Gundy confirmed that he has hired Rob Glass, the strength and conditioning coach at Florida, to come in and assist in strength and conditioning for football. Glass, who started his career in strength and conditioning at Oklahoma State, is recognized as one of the top strength coaches in the business.

Gundy said he has heard from Tennessee running backs coach Trooper Taylor, but added that the discussions haven't advanced far. Taylor, who coached with Gundy and Fedora on the staff of Chuck Reedy during the 1986 season at Baylor, is also being pursued by Texas. We have also learned that Tennessee head coach Phillip Fulmer is launching a full effort to keep Taylor in the Vols fold.

One source claimed that Fedora is interested in filling out the offensive staff with current Florida running backs coach Mike Locksley and current Oklahoma wide receivers coach Darrell Wyatt.

Locksley coached the past two seasons with Fedora and Wickline at Florida and was on the Maryland staff with Mike Gundy from 1997-2000 as the running backs coach. He would be familiar to nearly the entire offensive staff. Locksley is also known as an ace recruiter who handles Texas. Just this week he was in for a long visit with an Oklahoma State target in Houston Westside standout and All-American running back and athlete R.J. Jackson.

Wyatt coached at Oklahoma State, handling the wide receivers including Rashaun Woods during the 2001 season, before leaving to join OU. Wyatt also coached with Gundy and Fedora at Baylor in 1996. He is revered as an excellent technician as a coach and a stout recruiter.

Other names to watch for are UConn quarterbacks coach Rob Ambrose and Robert Nunn, a former Cowboy teammate of Gundy and Meacham. Nunn, currently with the Miami Dolphins, was the assistant defensive line coach with the Washington Redskins in 2003 when George Edwards served as defensive coordinator. Nunn has had a destinguised career that includes a successful stint as head coach at Georgia Military College.

There is still talk that former OU head coach and current Dallas Cowboys linebacker coach Gary Gibbs could be in the mix on the defensive side.

Current OSU defensive line coach Carey Bailey is also waiting to be interviewed for a position on the staff once Gundy has secured a defensive coordinator.

The activity is starting and judging by the enthusiasm of the early arrivals the Cowboy players and potential recruits can look forward to plenty of high energy out of the Mike Gundy coaching staff at Oklahoma State.

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