Texas Tech Football Notebook: Cumbie Remains OC; Moore & Owens to Transfer to TTU

It’s a holiday but we’re posting anyway.

I hope you and your family have a lovely and wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. Hug lots of necks.

Texas Tech head football coach Joey McGuire announced on Twitter that Sonny Cumbie will remain as the offensive coordinator for Texas Tech:

Sonny Cumbie is one of the top offensive minds in the country, and we are fortunate to have him remain on our staff here at Texas Tech. Like I said in my opening press conference, I want to build a staff here that will deeply invest in our players. That’s who Sonny Cumbie is to his core, and that’s been evident in the play of this team the past three weeks.

I mentioned on Twitter that I think this accomplishes a few things for McGuire.

  1. McGuire knows how important continuity is in terms of coaches and player retention. He was the guy that helped bridge two coaches, Rhule and Aranda, and that helped Baylor significantly.
  2. McGuire also knows that you can actually move on from coaching hires if they don’t work out. In Aranda’s first year, he hired Larry Fedora to be the offensive coordinator, the former head coach at North Carolina. That offense just wasn’t what Aranda wanted to do, fired Fedora and then hired Jeff Grimes, the OC at BYU, and the offense is exactly what he wanted. A ball-control offense that helps the defense a bit. The idea here is that you can move on from coaches and hiring a coach doesn’t mean you need to stick with that coach for your tenure.
  3. I think that McGuire really likes Cumbie and I think that Cumbie makes it easy to like him. Cumbie is a Red Raider and he’s resonated with fans and he’s done an excellent job of doing two different jobs, head coach and offensive coordinator, in the interim.

Former Vanderbilt and Missouri State linebacker Dimitri Moore announced that he is headed to Texas Tech as a transfer. Moore is a former Cedar Hill player and played as a redshirt freshman at Vanderbilt in 2018, finishing with 84 tackles, played in 2019 recording 99 tackles with 6 TFL, then didn’t play in 2020 as a COVID year, transferred to Missouri State where he played in 2021, but I don’t think he did a ton.

Former 4-star safety Tyler Owens is transferring to Texas Tech. Owens has never really played for Texas, logging just a handful of stats, nothing meaningful. At the time he committed, he was the #6 safety in the state and was the 11th best player in the state. Sometimes players who don’t play aren’t playing because they are not good, maybe it’s other things.


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