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TCU co-OC Sonny Cumbie turns down Texas OC position

After two days of deliberation, Cumbie finally made his decision.

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The Texas Longhorns will have to move on to Tulsa Golden Hurricane co-offensive coordinator Sterlin Gilbert after the school's top choice, TCU Horned Frogs co-offensive coordinator Sonny Cumbie, declined to accept the job as offensive coordinator at Texas, according to and quickly confirmed elsewhere.

The news broke while Gilbert was in Austin and two days after Cumbie had made a similar trip. He picked up the job offer during a Sunday evening with with head coach Charlie Strong in Fort Worth, but was out recruiting for TCU on Tuesday before ultimately coming to his decision.

Despite the opportunity to take over play-calling duties at Texas, Cumbie will remain at TCU without that same ability, but in a situation where he clearly feels more comfortable.

Why did Cumbie opt to remain in his current position instead of taking the advancement offered by the Longhorns? There was certainly some speculation about that from the Texas side in the immediate aftermath:

In any case, the search moves forward and could conclude quickly if Gilbert receives a job offer while in Austin and accepts, as seems possible.