Breathe a sigh of relief, Frog fans.
Co-offensive coordinator and running backs coach Curtis Luper will be staying at TCU for the foreseeable future, despite overtures from the Cleveland Browns, who interviewed the long time coordinator/assistant for their opening running backs coach position. Luper, who is affectionately known as “The Director of SWAG” around Funky Town, is one of the best recruiters in the country and an important member of Gary Patterson’s staff. The news was first reported by Jeremy Clark of Horned Frog Blitz.
Luper joined GP’s staff in 2013, heading to Texas after a successful tenure at Auburn, where he was a part of the staff that won a National Championship in 2010. At TCU, Loop has been crucial in the development of running backs Aaron Green, Kyle Hicks, Darius Anderson, and Sewo Olonilua, as well as proved a valuable partner for Sonny Cumbie this past season as the two navigated offensive play-calling responsibilities for the first time together this past season.
Luper, the father of former TCU wide receiver/return man Cameron Echols-Luper, is as much a part of the Frogs’ foundation as any coach. His ability to develop talented players into stars, as well as the role he plays relationally with each athlete and their families, make him an invaluable member of the staff. He has a great way of connecting with different personalities, and is beloved across campus. Though he has no prior NFL experience, his success at the collegiate level makes him an intriguing candidate for professional posts. The Browns have a young, talented offensive unit and a well-respected head coach in Hue Jackson, but are also in Cleveland and coming off an 0-16 season.
For now, we are glad to see Loop back in purple and on the sidelines, bringing a little bit more cool to the Carter.