After Gary Patterson's TCU
ranked 90th in the nation this season in points per game, the school opted for a new offensive coordinator. (Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images)
TCU is coming off its worst record since 1997, and a big part of that can be attributed to the Horned Frogs' inability to points on the board. Like many teams, TCU suffered injuries that contributed to the poor offensive output, but coach Gary Patterson has usually been able to ride good defense into a bunch of wins. The transition to the Big 12 has likely been harder then maybe the staff anticipated, and a change in offensive coordinator was deemed necessary.
According to Alex Apple of Horned Frog Blitz, Doug Meacham will replace co-offensive coordinators Rusty Burns and Jarrett Anderson. Former offensive coordinator Justin Fuente, who served under Patterson for five seasons, was hired by Memphis at the start of the 2012 season. Meacham arrives from Houston, where he was the offensive coordinator for one season under coach Tony Levine.
A graduate and former coach at Oklahoma State, Meacham is more than familiar with the Big 12, and he oversaw a Cougars' offense that averaged just under 34 points per game. The Cougars started the season 5-0 and and were a point away from beating BYU. But Houston sputtered down the stretch, averaging just 19.5 points per game en route to a 1-3 finish.
TCU averaged just 25.1 points per game, 90th in the nation, and ranked 94th in Offensive S&P+, according to Football Outsiders. The 4-8 finish is the first time TCU has missed a bowl game since 2004.