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Chris Beard Suspended Without Pay ‘Until Further Notice’

A tumultuous day for Texas basketball has ended with the University suspending coach Chris Beard without pay, according to a press release.

Associate head coach Rodney Terry will serve as the acting head coach for Monday night’s game against Rice.


“The University takes matters of interpersonal violence involving members of its community seriously. Given the information available, The University has suspended Chris Beard from his position as head coach of Men’s Basketball and will withhold his pay until further notice,” the school said in a statement.

Beard was arrested early on Monday morning. According to records from the Travis County Sheriff’s Office, Beard was arrested at 4:18 a.m. in Austin for “Assault on a family/household member.” He also apparently was preventing the victim from breathing. Beard was booked with a third degree felony.  He was released from the Travis County jail at 2:44 p.m. after posting a cash bond. Beard’s bail had been set at $10,000.

Chris Beard’s mugshot was released by the Austin, Texas PD on Monday afternoon. Chris Beard’s attorney says his client is “100% innocent”.


Beard is in his second season as the head coach of the Texas basketball program. He took the job prior to the 2021 season after a successful run at Texas Tech. Beard spent five seasons in Lubbock, where he led the Red Raiders to an NCAA Championship Game appearance in 2019 and finished with a 112-55 record. In his first year with the Longhorns, Beard went 22-12 and 10-8 in Big 12 play. Texas made the NCAA Tournament, but lost in the second round. Beard had a ton of returning talent this season and has the Longhorns off to a 7-1 start and ranked No. 2 in the country.

The future of Chris Beard coaching the Texas Longhorns is obviously in doubt for the long-term, and we will provide any updates here at Heartland College Sports.

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