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Getting to Know You: Sonny Cumbie Edition

Now that the hire has been confirmed by Fungo and his sources, let's get to know TCU's new co-Offensive Coordinator a bit.

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UPDATE (12/14/13, 1:30 p.m.): Several folks are now saying that Cumbie will not be co-OC, but a position coach (presumably QB).


When Gary Patterson said he was going to act fast to fix this offense, we all should have listened. He went out and got Doug Meacham, offensive coordinator at the University of Houston, within a few days of the Baylor loss.

As it turns out, Meacham works quickly too, having already flipped an Arkansas commit, and now having hired a co-OC and QB coach in Sonny Cumbie. According to multiple people Meacham and Cumbie have been fast friends for a long time, and have discussed working together before. Once Meacham got to TCU he made it clear he wanted Cumbie on board too.

Sonny Cumbie comes by way of Lubbock, Texas, where he has spent the entirety of his coaching career at Texas Tech in various roles.

Beginning in 2009, Cumbie was a graduate assistant under Mike Leach, and was responsible for the defensive scout team and coaching quarterbacks. With the Tuberville hire in 2010, Cumbie was promoted to inside receivers coach where he remained until Kingsbury's hiring this past offseason. Kingsbury promoted him to co-offensive coordinator. He's also continued coaching wide receivers this year according to his profile on

Cumbie was also a quarterback for Texas Tech, and in 2004 he threw for 4,742 yards and 32 touchdowns, and lead Texas Tech to the Holiday Bowl (Yes, he was the quarterback in that 70-35 shellacking the Frogs took in Lubbock that year).

Cumbie spend several years in the Arena Football League, playing for the Los Angeles Avengers, before becoming the Head Coach and Director of Player Personnel (AND starting quarterback) for the San Angelo Stampede of the Indoor Football League.

In short, this guy really knows offense.

As Fungo said earlier, there's still no word on what's happening with Burns and Anderson, but it looks like Curtis Luper will be sticking around after withdrawing his name from consideration for the head coaching gig at Stephen F. Austin.