Sources on Monday told The Fort Worth Star Telegram that TCU co-offensive coordinator Doug Meacham will be the next coach of North Texas. Later on Monday, multiple industry resources said Meacham might not take the UNT job.
FootballScoop reported that Meacham is still considering the postion at UNT, but is still thing about staying at TCU and weighting his options as more head coaching positions open up.
Two other industry sources told UNT beat writer Brett Vito that it is unlikely that Meacham will accept the job.
On Sunday, The Denton Record Chronicle reported that Meacham interviewed for the job on Sunday. The other finalist for the position is North Carolina assistant coach Seth Littrell, according to reports. Other offensive coordinators who were considered canindates to take over the postion include: Baylor's Kendal Briles, Oklahoma's Lincoln Riley and Arizona State's Mike Norvell. James Maddison head coach Everett Withers was also reported to be a canindate for the job.
The head coaching position at UNT opened up after the football team's former coach Dan McCarney was fired after Portland State handed the Mean Green an embarassing 66-7 loss in October. North Texas finished its 2015 season with a 1-11 record and is currently ranked 115th in total offense.
Meacham, who previously employed by Houtson as the Cougars' quaterbacks coach, became a co-offensive coordinator at TCU when he and Sonny Cumbie were hired to serve the same role by head coach Gary Patterson after the 2013 season. Meacham and Cumbie helped implement the air raid system after the Frogs' offense stuggled during the program's first two years in the Big 12. Once Meacham and Cumbie were handed over the reins, the Frogs became one the nations most explosive offenses in 2014.
During Meacham's first year at TCU, the Frogs yards per game average increased by 188.2 yards while the team's points per game average increased by 21.4 points, which was the best improvement by any Division I team since 1999-2000. Despite numerous injuries on offense over the course of the 2015 season, TCU is currently fourth in total offense (6,772 yards) and tied for ninth in points per game (41.7 PPG).
During practice, Meacham would mostly work with TCU's wide receivers and running backs. On gameday, Meacham was in charge of play calling and would signal the calls to his players from the sideline while Cumbie would assist him from the coaches box.
There have been reports that Texas is interested is hiring Cumbie to revamp the Longhorn's offense, but sources told TCU beat writer Carlos Mendez that he will likely remain a part of coach Patterson's staff.