College Sports

December 18, 2013

Cumbie officially joins TCU staff; Frogs sign two JC players


TCU announced Sonny Cumbie has been hired as co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

Cumbie, an assistant the last four seasons at Texas Tech, joins Doug Meacham, who was named offensive coordinator last week.

TCU also announced it has signed Tyler Junior College transfers Kenny Iloka and Frank Kee. Iloka is a 6-2, 209-pound safety. Kee, a Mansfield Timberview grad, is a 6-4, 345-pound guard.

Iloka was rated No. 4 and Kee No. 3 at each position among JC players by Iloka is the brother of Cincinnati Bengals starting safety George Iloka.

— Stefan Stevenson

UT coach committee

Texas athletic director Steve Patterson has appointed an eight-person advisory committee to help him find a new head football coach.

Seven of the eight people were on the committee appointed by school President Bill Powers to help him find a replacement for outgoing men’s athletic director DeLoss Dodds, which ended up being Patterson. The newcomer to the group is U.S. federal judge Ricardo Hinojosa.

The seven holdovers are: regents Steve Hicks and Robert Stillwell, professor Michael Clements, Texas Exes president Charles Matthews, former regent Robert Rowling, business executive Charles Tate, and former Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board chair Pamela Wileford.

Executive recruiting firm Korn/Ferry International was also hired.

— Christian Corona


• Texas A&M football: Coach Kevin Sumlin balked when asked to reflect on Johnny Manziel’s career as the Aggies prepare for what could be the quarterback’s last college game, the Chick-Fil-A Bowl on Dec. 31. “I’m not going to reflect on that until it is his last game,” Sumlin said. Sumlin announced that co-offensive coordinator Jake Spavital will take over sole duties as offensive coordinator and call plays in place of Clarence McKinney, who is also running backs coach. The Aggies also said that secondary coach Marcel Yates is leaving A&M after the bowl game to become defensive coordinator at Boise State.

• Baylor football: Baylor is adding four junior college players: offensive lineman Jarell Broxton (Lackawanna, Pa.), linebacker Grant Campbell (Bakersfield, Calif.) and cornerbacks Chris Sanders (Eastern Arizona, Ga.) Tion Wright (Amarillo Tascosa, Moorpark, Calif.).

•  Fight Hunger Bowl: The BYU-Washington game on Dec. 27 will be the first FBS game with two female officials.

• Nor th Carolina basketball: Guard Leslie McDonald, who received impermissible benefits during the spring and summer, scored 15 points Wednesday against Texas after being cleared by the NCAA to resume playing. McDonald received impermissible benefits from “numerous individuals” according to the NCAA during this spring and summer, including the use of luxury cars, payment of parking tickets, a cellphone and lodging. He sat out nine games and must repay $1,783 to a charity of his choice before his last regular season game. UNC’s P.J. Hairston‘s eligibility status remains unclear.

• Southern Illinois basketball: Coach Barry Hinson said he regretted calling guard Marcus Fillyaw “absolutely awful” in a postgame diatribe after a loss to Murray State on Tuesday that went viral. Hinson, however, said he wouldn’t take back calling his players “uncoachable,” “a bunch of mama’s boys” and comparing the disciplining of his young team to housebreaking a puppy.

•  Louisville-Minnesota basketball: Rick Pitino’s Louisville Cardinals will face the Minnesota Golden Gophers, coached by his son, Richard Pitino, in the Armed Forces Classic on Nov. 14 in Puerto Rico.
•  Bowling Green football: Eastern Illinois coach Dino Babers, a former Baylor assistant under Art Briles, was hired to become the Falcons’ new football coach.

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