Rumors have been swirling lately that Doug Meacham has interviewed, or is going to interview, for the head coaching job at the University of Tulsa. It seems the report was first made on Tuesday by Tulsa's Rivals site, InsideTulsaSports.com. They reported the following:
A source tells InsideTulsaSports.com that Tulsa officials are expected to meet with TCU's Doug Meacham soon. The Horned Frogs sit at No. 3 in the most recent College Football Playoff Rankings, and Meacham was recently named a finalist for the Broyles Award, which honors the top assistant college football coach in America.
Footballscoop.com took that report and went with it:
TCU offensive coordinator Doug Meacham will meet with Tulsa athletic director Derrick Gragg today in what is likely the first of many interviews
Harold Kuntz, sports reporter for KOTV in Tulsa, tweeted this earlier today.
Sources: TCU Offensive Coordinator Doug Meacham will be in Tulsa Sunday, Presumably to interview for Head Coaching position.— Harold R. Kuntz (@HaroldRKuntz3) December 4, 2014
On top of all of this, a member of Tulsa's CBS affiliate reached out to me asking about the rumor.
So it would appear that Meacham is squarely on Tulsa's list of potential head coaches. However, he's not the only one. Houston Nutt, former head coach at Arkansas and Ole Miss, has been linked to the position as has Jake Spavital, Texas A&M's offensive coordinator.
Obviously it would be a huge bummer to see Meacham leave after just one year, and you'd have to think that TCU will try to up his pay in an attempt to keep him. However, there's a fine line between trying get a coordinator to stay and getting in the way of them advancing in the field.
Personally, I think if Meacham stuck around for a few more years, he'd have a pretty solid shot at a bigger job after that. Especially after next season, working with a Heisman candidate in Trevone Boykin.