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Rodney Terry on Chris Beard: ‘He Didn’t Put Together This Roster Himself’

New Texas head coach Rodney Terry made it very clear Sunday afternoon that he’s responsible for a lot of what’s already been going on in Austin. Via The Field of 68, Terry offered up some, well, interesting comments regarding his predecessor.

“Chris [Beard] was a great coach,” Terry started. “But he didn’t put this roster together himself. We did. I’m not one to pat myself on the back, but I recruited three starters on this roster, don’t get it twisted.”

Previously, Terry took over for Beard, who was fired on January 5 following allegations of domestic abuse. Those charges have since been dropped. Beard was recently hired to be the head coach at Ole Miss.

Terry has been with the Longhorns for a couple of seasons. Before that, he was head coach at both Fresno State and UTEP, compiling a 185-165 record.


Terry’s five-year deal with the Longhorns is worth a reported $13.5 million. That checks out to $2.7 million per year.

“I’ve prepared my whole life for this opportunity,” Terry said, upon taking the job.

Said Texas Athletic Director Chris Del Conte: “Coach Terry, we gave you the whistle and we said ‘go earn this job.’ It belongs to you.”

Terry faces his first offseason as Texas’ head coach working through a roster that looks fairly stable, but with some significant roles to fill.

Guards Marcus Carr and Sir’Jabari Rice, along with forwards Timmy Allen and Christian Bishop, are out the door and out of eligibility. That’s two starters in Carr and Allen, and a third player in Rice who produced like one. Combined that’s nearly 40 points out the door. Bishop chipped in nearly seven points per game.

That’s a lot of experience to replace. But the Longhorns are very confident Terry is the right guy to do it.

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