TCU assistant Cumbie turns down Texas offer

TCU Horned Frogs co-offensive coordinator Sonny Cumbie has has turned down the position of offensive coordinator at Texas.
TCU Horned Frogs co-offensive coordinator Sonny Cumbie has has turned down the position of offensive coordinator at Texas. Star-Telegram

TCU co-offensive coordinator Sonny Cumbie said Wednesday he has turned down an offer to be offensive coordinator at Texas and will stay with the Horned Frogs.

“I want to thank Charlie Strong and everyone at the University of Texas for the opportunity to be the offensive coordinator there,” Cumbie said in a statement released by TCU sports information. “It is a position that I have seriously considered and given much thought to. There are many factors that go into making decisions like this and after weighing them all, TCU is where my family is and I want to stay.”

Doug Meacham and Cumbie teamed to install the Air Raid offense at TCU two years ago. The Frogs’ nationally third-ranked offense averaged 564.3 yards per game this season, up from 533 a year ago when they were tied for fifth.

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. He broke numerous school records in two years, and was second in the nation in total offense with 380.6 yards per game in 2015.

Boykin said Cumbie’s decision to turn down Texas speaks volumes about the national stature of TCU and the progress the Frogs have made.

“That just tells you have far we’ve come,” Boykin said Wednesday in Atlanta, site of Thursday’s college football awards show. “Coach [Gary Patterson] always talks about being relevant and with that comes exposure. Coach Cumbie, he’s a great guy. He’s a great coach. He loves TCU and he felt like he made the best decision for him and his family. He’s built a relationship with a lot of people over the last couple of years. Having him around is a really good thing for TCU.”

Texas A&M transfer and former Southlake Carroll standout Kenny Hill has spent the past year under Cumbie and is expected to compete for the starting job next season.

Hill started the first eight games for the Aggies during his sophomore year in 2014, throwing for 2,649 yards and 23 touchdowns.

Foster Sawyer, who started for TCU against Oklahoma, threw for 155 yards and two touchdowns in three games. TCU also returns Decatur grad Grayson Muehlstein, who was ranked out of high school by as the No. 4 quarterback in Texas.

The Frogs have recruiting commitments from San Angelo Central quarterback Brennen Wooten and Manvel athlete D’Eriq King for 2016. Denton Guyer junior quarterback Shawn Robinson is committed for 2017.

Robinson, a consensus four-star prospect, said Cumbie was key in his decision to commit to TCU.

“A lot of these coaches, they like to tell you stuff and do different things with you when you get there, but he’s been real since Day One,” Robinson said Wednesday. “Since I first met him, he’s told me his vision for me and he told me what he wanted and what he sees in me.”

Robinson said if Cumbie would have taken the job, it wouldn’t have caused him to reconsider his commitment, but it “would have hurt to have him leave tremendously.”

Cumbie, clad in TCU gear, was on the sideline Saturday at Southlake’s Dragon Stadium to see Robinson play against Mansfield in the 6A playoffs.

Cumbie has also made a lasting impact on TCU’s other quarterback recruits.

“From the first time I visited last year, me, coach [Gary] Patterson and coach Cumbie, we had a great relationship,” King said. “I saw what they did with Boykin as mobile quarterback in a spread offense. I feel like it was a great fit for me. That’s the main reason I committed.”

Staff writer Jimmy Burch contributed to this report.

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