TCU aide Cumbie offered coordinator spot at Texas

TCU co-offensive coordinator Sonny Cumbie has turned down an offer to be offensive coordinator at UT.
TCU co-offensive coordinator Sonny Cumbie has turned down an offer to be offensive coordinator at UT. Star-Telegram

TCU co-offensive coordinator Sonny Cumbie has been offered the position of offensive coordinator at Texas, according to Horns Digest.

A source at TCU said Cumbie was interviewed in Austin on Monday afternoon.

Last week, asked if TCU would be able to keep Cumbie from Texas, another source at TCU told the Star-Telegram, “Yes.” But no decisions about a promotion or increase in pay for Cumbie had been made.

Doug Meacham and Cumbie teamed to install the Air Raid offense at TCU two years ago — hired by coach Gary Patterson following two stalled seasons for the Horned Frogs in their first two years in the Big 12.

Meacham was considered for the head coaching job at North Texas, which eventually went to North Carolina assistant Seth Littrell.

With Cumbie also serving as quarterbacks coach, Trevone Boykin went from emergency quarterback as a sophomore to full-time quarterback and Heisman Trophy candidate as a junior, breaking numerous school records in two years while leading the Horned Frogs to a 22-3 record.

Boykin declined an invitation to work with nationally renowned private quarterback instructor George Whitfield this past off-season in order to continue his training with Cumbie.

“I didn’t go work with anybody because Coach Cumbie is doing a pretty good job with the quarterbacks,” Boykin said in July at Big 12 media days. “I didn’t work with anybody last year, and we went 12-1 and we had a pretty good year.”

Cumbie, clad in TCU gear, was on the sideline Saturday at Southlake’s Dragon Stadium for Denton Guyer’s 6A Division II state quarterfinal game against Mansfield. He was watching Guyer quarterback Shawn Robinson — a 2017 TCU commit

Meacham also coached the inside receivers, and despite losing Deante’ Gray to a knee injury in the spring and veteran Ty Slanina mid-season, the Horned Frogs continued to post a top-five offense.

KaVontae Turpin set a Big 12 freshman record with four touchdown catches in a game this season, and running back Shaun Nixon converted to slot receiver and finished third on the team with 38 receptions.

Both coaches were hired in Fort Worth on two-year contracts, a source at TCU said.

Horns247 reported that Cumbie was offered a three-year deal worth more than $1 million annually.

Travis L. Brown contributed to this story.

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