Sources: Texas Tech raiding Big 12 rival for offensive coordinator hire

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Matt Wells is targeting Sonny Cumbie to become Texas Tech's next offensive coordinator, sources told FootballScoop on Monday night.

Sources said Cumbie has been offered the job and both sides anticipate he will accept, but the deal is not done at this time.

Cumbie has been on TCU's offensive staff as quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator, a role he has at times shared with Doug Meacham. Meacham returned to Fort Worth in 2020 after three seasons away. Gary Patterson also hired Jerry Kill earlier this year as TCU's "head coach of offense."

Cumbie is a Texas Tech graduate, a former walk-on who worked his way into the starting lineup as a fifth-year senior in 2004, throwing for 4,742 yards and leading the Red Raiders to an upset over Aaron Rodgers and Cal in the Holiday Bowl.

After a brief professional career, Cumbie returned to Lubbock as a GA and later a position coach on Mike Leach and Tommy Tuberville's staffs, where he remained until joining TCU's staff in 2014. Should he return to Lubbock, Cumbie would join a staff that includes his former teammate Joel Filani at outside receivers coach.

Cumbie would replace David Yost, who was fired last week after a disappointing 4-6 season in 2020.

“We must get better,” Texas Tech AD Kirby Hocutt said in his year-end review. “It’s time. It’s time for us to take that next step. It’s important that we continue to work together to give our student-athletes our full support and backing to move our program forward. Our goals with Texas Tech football have not been met. And I pledge, we pledge to the Red Raider nation that we will work every day to get better and progress to a much higher place.”

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Update> Texas Tech confirms the planned hire.