After days of vacillating over a job offer from Texas, Sonny Cumbie says he’ll stay at TCU.
“Yes, I am staying,” Cumbie texted the American-Statesman. “Was very tough.”
Cumbie also released a statement through TCU media relations, saying, “I want to thank Charlie Strong and everyone at the University of Texas for the opportunity to be the offensive coordinator there. 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 and I want to stay.”
A source with knowledge of the situation told the American-Statesman that Cumbie was offered a three-year guaranteed contract worth approximately $1.2 million annually.
Cumbie was Charlie Strong’s first choice to be the Longhorns’ offensive coordinator for the 2016 season. The two met Sunday in Fort Worth and again on Monday in Austin. Cumbie turned down the offer on Tuesday evening or Wednesday morning.
With Cumbie out of the mix, Strong has turned to Tulsa offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert, who multiple reports say is interviewing at Texas on Wednesday. If Gilbert is offered the job, it’s unclear whether he would be offered the same deal Cumbie received.
At Texas, Cumbie would’ve been the primary play-caller, a role that at TCU belongs to Doug Meacham. The belief is Cumbie had concerns about Strong’s job security and the pool of quarterbacks with which he’d inherit.
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