So... uh, this is news.
Asked if Cumbie would remain as the play-caller next season, Patterson said: “I don’t know that. We’re going to find out what’s the best thing that works.”
Patterson went on to reflect on the previous stint with Cumbie and Meacham on the staff from 2014-16 as co-offensive coordinators. TCU had one of the most successful offensive runs in program history in 2014-15 when the team went a combined 23-3 and ranked among the top offenses in the country.
For now, as far as official titles, Cumbie remains the offensive coordinator and Meacham is the inside receivers/tight ends coach.
“When those guys were together before, it was a conglomerative effort,” Patterson said. “For us, nothing’s really changed from that standpoint.”
The Horned Frogs were focused on need this cycle, but got some incredibly talented players, too.
“We’re really excited about the class,” Patterson said on Wednesday at his National Signing Day news conference. “The class fits everything we were trying to get accomplished.”
The class features more out of state recruits (12) than in-state (11). As Patterson has said in previous years, his program tends to get more respect outside of Texas than inside.
“We lose the arms race when we graduate 1,800 and other schools graduate 15,000,” Patterson said. “It just goes in cycles. It’s not one of those things that we planned on doing. We’ll go anywhere for a good player.”
This is a strong group.
Diamond in the rough: Altrique Barlow, OG
Barlow is rated as the No. 38 offensive guard in the country, but the old adage is true — you can’t teach size. The Virginia Beach native will enter TCU at a listed 6-3, 358 pounds. He played as a tackle in high school, and his highlight reel is full of clips of him lead-blocking and driving players into the turf. He’ll need some polishing in camp in order to go up against bigger college defenders, but there’s no doubt Barlow can block. Watch for he and classmate Garrett Hayes (4-star OG) to develop into solid linemen for the Frogs.
No way around it, this was a really bad loss.
With senior Lindy Waters III and freshman Avery Anderson III out with injuries, the Cowboys depth was already hurt. Freshman Chris Harris Jr. suffered a lower leg injury early in the game. Cam McGriff, Keylan Boone and Yor Anei had foul trouble in the second half.
Star Isaac Likekele was the leader, delivering his first career double double. In 38 minutes, he scored 15 points and had a career-high 11 assists to go with six rebounds. He even responded to the assignment of defending Bane, who finished with 14 points on 6 of 15 shots as Likekele often prevented him from catching a pass.
But OSU coach Mike Boynton turned heavy minutes to walk-on point guard Dee Mitchell. He was named the game’s MVP after leading the team with a plus/minus 18 without taking a shot in 17:45 on the floor.
“I don’t know the last time he got in a game where it was in the balance,” Boynton said. “And the way he defended and the way he was able to just keep things calm for us on the offensive end with all the things going on on our team … it goes to his character.”