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Texas Basketball Coach Chris Beard Arrested Early Monday Morning

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Texas basketball coach Chris 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.


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 short-term and long-term, and we will provide any updates here at Heartland College Sports.

Texas basketball is set to play Rice on Monday Night. The game tips off at 7:00 p.m. on the Longhorn Network.

Update 12/22 (10:59 a.m.): Texas has released a statement, which reads: “The University is aware of the situation involving Chris Beard. We are continuing to gather information and monitoring the legal process.”

Update 12/22 (1:22 p.m.): Authorities have released a booking photo of Texas basketball coach Chris Beard after his arrest early Monday morning relating to a domestic violence charge.

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