Kansas fires offensive coordinator Doug Meacham

Kansas Offensive Coordinator/ Wide Receivers, Doug Meacham before an NCAA football game. Saturday, November 11, 2017 in Austin, Tex. (TFV Media via AP) ** Mandatory Credit **

LAWRENCE, Kan. (WIBW) - Kansas head football coach David Beaty announced on Wednesday that he has fired offensive coordinator Doug Meacham.

"I appreciate Doug and all the work he put in during his time at Kansas," Beaty said in a release. "None of us are satisfied with the progress we are making on the offensive side of the ball. We hope that with this change we are better able to put our players in the best position to be successful."

The release also stated the Jayhawks' offensive coordination "will be a team effort," with Beaty having the "final say regarding in-game play calling."

Meacham was in the middle of his second season with the Jayhawks. KU hired him away from TCU, where he was a co-offensive coordinator, back in 2017.

Last season, Kansas ranked last in the Big 12 in total offense (329 yards per game) and scoring offense (18.7 points per game). This year, those numbers have improved to put the Jayhawks at eighth in average yardage (347.5 yards per game) and points per game (27.7).

However, the Jayhawks do rank last in the Big 12 in yards per play (5.29). That puts them at 97th overall in the nation.

Meacham also coached the team's quarterbacks. KU's offense has featured three different signal callers this season in Peyton Bender, Miles Kendrick and Carter Stanley.

But the coaching staff has not stuck with one as a consistent starter. Kansas ranks ninth in the conference and 110th in the nation in passing (180.8 yards per game). KU also ranks seventh in the conference in rushing (166.67 yards per game).

The Jayhawks are on a bye this week and will next play at Texas Tech on Oct. 20.