The quarterback who engineered one of the biggest days against Gary Patterson’s TCU defense is joining the Horned Frogs’ staff to help revitalize the offense.
Sonny Cumbie told a Lubbock radio station Monday that he’s joining the TCU staff to be a co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. A source within TCU’s program said Saturday that Cumbie would not share the title of offensive coordinator with newly hired Doug Meacham.
Cumbie, who had the co-OC title in 2013 at Texas Tech, will help Meacham run the TCU offense even if it’s not part of his title, the source said.
It could be a matter of semantics. Cumbie wanted to work directly with quarterbacks and have a bigger say in the offense in Lubbock, but his role on Texas Tech’s staff was limited by head coach Kliff Kingsbury’s focus on quarterbacks and calling plays.
“If I’m fortunate to one day be in his shoes, I’d be doing it the same way as far as calling the offense and coaching the quarterbacks,” Cumbie told 104.3 FM in Lubbock. “He was great about the process the whole time. We were friends long before this, and we’re going to continue to be really good friends. It’s just the one week out of the year we’ll be competing against each other on the field.”
Cumbie said the TCU job wasn’t something he “sought out or was looking for.”
He said TCU contacted him a while back about being the co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
Later, Meacham, who was hired last week from Houston to be TCU’s new offensive coordinator, contacted Cumbie about joining the staff.
“When he contacted me about this job at TCU, I was excited to be able to work with him,” Cumbie said. “He’s a sharp mind. He’s been around this offense a while. I’ve known coach Meacham through recruiting. We’d always talk about offense. We’d talk on the phone for the last three years.”
The future roles for former co-offensive coordinators Rusty Burns and Jarrett Anderson are unclear although several sources said they’ve been offered other positions on the staff. Burns coached quarterbacks the last two seasons after coaching receivers. Anderson has coached running backs since 2009 and coached receivers from 2001-08.
In 2004, Cumbie threw for 441 yards and four touchdowns as the Red Raiders beat TCU 70-35, the most points allowed in Patterson’s tenure. Texas Tech’s 56 points against TCU in a triple-overtime win in Fort Worth in 2012 are the second-most points allowed by Patterson. Cumbie was Tech’s receivers coach in 2012 and was the interim offensive coordinator when Tech beat Minnesota 34-31 in the 2012 Meineke Car Care Bowl.
“You just can’t predict who’s going to call and what opportunity is going to be presented to you. I’m excited,” he said. “I don’t think there would be many opportunities within the Big 12 that I could go and stay in state and be able to coach quarterbacks and have some responsibilities. It just so happens that it’s TCU.
“At the end of the day, it’s an opportunity to go be co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach and be able to have a large input on the offense, and coaching quarterbacks is a step up. And being co-offensive coordinator there is something I look forward to. It was just a really good opportunity within the profession for me to make a move. It just so happens to be at a conference opponent and within the state, but you can’t cherry-pick everything.”