The Horned Frogs announced on Tuesday that they’ve officially added a couple of big names to their staff. Sonny Dykes, former head coach at Cal, will be coach Patterson’s new offensive analyst and consultant, and Chris Thomsen, former offensive line coach at Arizona State, has been brought on to perform the same duties in Fort Worth.
For Thomsen, the return to TCU is a bit of a homecoming. He played on the football team for three seasons from 1988 to 1990 before switching to baseball in 1991. That move paid off for him as he earned All-Southwest Conference and All-America honors and went on to play a couple of years on the Oakland A’s minor league team.
Now, if you are thinking to yourself, ‘wait, doesn’t TCU already have an o-line coach?’ You are probably a TCU fan to be paying that close attention, but you would also be correct. Jarrett Anderson has been coaching the group for the last three seasons. He’s not leaving Fort Worth, but he is moving over to coach the inside receivers.
Anderson isn’t the only one having his duties change. Running backs coach Curtis Luper is moving up the coaching ladder and is now the co-offensive coordinator alongside Sonny Cumbie. A move that is rather interesting.
For the last three years, Cumbie has split offensive coordinator duties with Doug Meacham, but that changed last month when Meacham took the offensive coordinator job at Kansas. Bringing in someone else to continue to split duties, even as a promotion from within, is a bit of a slap in the face for Cumbie, especially as he was offered the OC position at Texas just a couple of seasons ago.
However, for Luper, it is a well deserved raise. He’s widely considered TCU’s best recruiter, and coach Patterson is likely doing everything he can to hold onto him as long as possible.
So what does the assistant shuffle mean for the Horned Frogs? Well, other than having two guys on staff named Sooner, in short, that they are still committed to the air raid style of football they moved to three years ago under Cumbie and Meacham. Dykes spent seven years at Texas Tech under Mike Leach. Cumbie is also familiar with Dykes as he played quarterback under him in Lubbock.