Following a season-opening loss to Texas State, Houston fired offensive coordinator Mike Nesbitt.
Four months later, the Cougars have officially filled that vacancy.
In a press release, head coach Tony Levine confirmed that, as has been rumored, he has hired Doug Meacham as his new coordinator. Meacham comes to UH after spending nearly a decade at Oklahoma State.
Additionally, Travis Bush was promoted to assistant head coach and co-offensive coordinator.
“We are excited to welcome Doug, his wife Kendall and their children Peyton, Cole and Brooks to the University of Houston family,” said Levine in a statement. “Throughout the last eight seasons, Oklahoma State has continually set a benchmark for offenses across the nation. The explosive, high-scoring product they placed on the field is synonymous with what the University of Houston has seen in the past and what we plan to replicate in the future.
“We feel the combination of skills from he and Travis, along with the rest of our offensive staff, will benefit the program and its student-athletes greatly.”
During his time with the Cowboys, Meacham served as inside receivers/tight ends coach and passing game coordinator. Meacham was also an offensive lineman for the Cowboys during the Thurman Thomas/Barry Sanders eras at the school.
Thanks to the departures of head coach Kevin Sumlin and quarterback Case Keenum, UH’s offensive production dropped precipitously in 2012. This past season, the Cougars were 38th in scoring offense (32.4 points per game) and 15th in total offense (479.6 yards per game); in 2011, they were tops in the country in both categories (49.3 ppg, 599.1 ypg).
In the season-opening loss that cost Nesbitt his job, the Cougars produced just 13 points and 326 yards of offense.
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