<
>

TCU offensive coordinators in hot demand?

A pair of reports could make the next week or so interesting for TCU coach Gary Patterson and the Horned Frogs.

The Denton Record-Chronicle reported that TCU offensive coordinator Doug Meacham was one of two finalists for the head-coaching job at North Texas. The Mean Green apparently is down to Meacham and North Carolina offensive assistant Seth Littrell, who played for Bob Stoops at Oklahoma.

On the heels of that, the Texas site Orangebloods.com reported that Texas coach Charlie Strong is targeting TCU co-offensive coordinator and QB coach Sonny Cumbie to be his next playcaller. Strong said Monday that he has had no contact with Cumbie, but that wouldn't be a surprise since the Longhorns' regular season isn't done yet.

Both of these job possibilities could affect the other. If Meacham got the job at North Texas, Patterson would likely be inclined to promote Cumbie to primary playcaller. That would obviously dissuade Cumbie from jumping to Texas, especially considering Strong might be entering a make-or-break Year 3 in Austin. But if Meacham didn't get or doesn't take the North Texas job, Cumbie might be interested in joining the Longhorns in order to call plays. Cumbie showed by going from Texas Tech to TCU two years ago that he's not afraid of taking chances to further his career.

Both Meacham and Cumbie have played a big part in TCU's rise as a Big 12 power these past two seasons. So this will be worth monitoring for the next couple of weeks.