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TCU source believes Horned Frogs can keep co-OC Sonny Cumbie from Texas

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The seeming No. 1 target to become the next Longhorns offensive coordinator may quickly come off the board.

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The moving parts in the reported pursuit of TCU Horned Frogs co-offensive coordinator Sonny Cumbie by the Texas Longhorns could help keep the hire from happening.

According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, fellow co-offensive coordinator Doug Meacham is expected to become the next head coach of the North Texas Mean Green, which would open up the potential for Cumbie to take over sole ownership of head coach Gary Patterson's offense in Fort Worth and likely result in a significant increase in his salary.

Cumbie's contract is believed to expire after this season, but because TCU is a private institution, it does not have to report the salaries of its assistant coaches.

Perhaps as a result of Meacham's potential move to the head coaching ranks, the TCU source believes that the Horned Frogs can keep Cumbie from leaving for Austin, thereby taking the top offensive coordinator candidate for Texas head coach Charlie Strong off the board.

The former Texas Tech quarterback has teamed with Meacham over the last two years turn TCU's offense into one of the most potent attacks in the country, with Cumbie receiving plenty of credit for helping turn former failed quarterback Trevone Boykin into the 2014 Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year and 2015 Heisman contender.

However, FootballScoop.com believes that Meacham isn't a lock to take the North Texas job, so there may still be a sliver of opportunity here if Meacham decides to stay or the Mean Green opt to go in a different direction.

Stay tuned for any further developments in this situation.