Nearly a month ago, the Alamo Bowl didn’t appear the likely destination for TCU co-offensive coordinator Sonny Cumbie at the turn of the New Year.
However, it was the comfort of his family that kept Cumbie in TCU purple.
On Dec. 7, Cumbie was reportedly offered a 3-year deal to become the offensive coordinator for Texas, worth more than $1 million per year.
After several days of deliberation, Cumbie turned down the position to stay at TCU.
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With a second son due in February, it would have been difficult on his wife and his family to ask her to move to Austin, Cumbie said Thursday at TCU’s Alamo Bowl press conference.
Since Cumbie left his alma mater, Texas Tech, to join co-offensive coordinator Doug Meacham two years ago, the Cumbies have made Fort Worth their home, he said.
“Fort Worth and the people of TCU have been unbelievable to our family,” Cumbie said. “They've opened their arms to us, loved us really well. The people at TCU have made it really clear they want us there.”
Had Cumbie taken the job in Austin, he would have joined a Longhorn program that posted 6-7 and 5-7 records respectively in head coach Charlie Strong’s first two years. The program has struggled to find a consistent quarterback starter over the last several seasons.
At TCU, Cumbie remains with a program that won 12 games last season, in route to a Big 12 Championship, and 10 this year, Cumbie mentioned.
“Why not TCU?” Cumbie said. “I believe in Coach Patterson, the foundation of things he's done here. I believe in our kids, Dallas-Fort Worth, what a great place to recruit to. Our facilities are second to none. They're not as big, but just as nice.”
Senior quarterback Trevone Boykin, a season-long Heisman contender, moves on to the NFL Draft, but Cumbie returns Texas A&M transfer and former Southlake Carroll quarterback Kenny Hill as well as Fort Worth All Saints alumnus Foster Sawyer, who played in several games this season with Boykin sidelined due to injury.
“He’s done a great job,” Cumbie said of Hill Thursday. “I think Coach Patterson has seen him more at his end with the scout team. Every week, Coach Patterson brags how well he's done. He takes it very seriously. He prepares with stuff we have him do during the week. He does a good job. He's really excited.”
The other head of TCU’s offensive rejuvenation, Meacham, was also mentioned as a finalist for the North Texas coaching job before it was given to former North Carolina assistant Seth Littrell in early December.
The former Arlington Sam Houston and Oklahoma State offensive linemen said the chance to remain close to the place he grew up is a special opportunity.
As a child, he even participated in a punt, pass and kick competition on the field at Amon G. Carter Stadium.
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