Texas Tech assistant leaving for TCU


TCU coach Gary Patterson continues to overhaul his offense.

Monday, Texas Tech assistant Sonny Cumbie confirmed on Double T 104.3 radio in Lubbock that he is leaving to become TCU’s co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

Cumbie, a former Texas Tech quarterback, said the opportunity to coach quarterbacks and have more input in the offense were the reasons for the move. Head coach Kliff Kingsbury is both the Red Raiders’ quarterbacks coach and play-caller.

“It was just a really good opportunity within the profession for me to make a move,” said Cumbie, who was the receivers coach at Tech. “It just so happened to be to a conference opponent.”

Cumbie said he consulted Kingsbury on the decision.

“Throughout my coaching and playing career I’ve always relied on him for advice,” Cumbie said. “If fortunate enough to be in his shoes, I’d be doing it the same way, as far as calling the offense and coaching the quarterbacks. We’re going to continue to be really good friends. Just one day a year we’ll be competing on the field.”

Cumbie is TCU’s second offensive hire since the end of the season. Patterson also tapped Doug Meachem to be the Horned Frogs’ primary play-caller after one season calling plays at the University of Houston.

TCU struggled offensively this past season, and as a result, failed to make a bowl. But Cumbie will have some young quarterback talent to work with next season. The Horned Frogs have commitments from two of the top QB recruits in the country in Foster Sawyer (Fort Worth, Texas/All Saints Episcopal) and Grayson Muehlstein (Decatur, Texas/Decatur High).