Key dates in the timeline leading up to Chris Beard’s firing from Texas


Few coaches have risen as quickly as Chris Beard in recent years.

After leading small stoneA 12-seed, a first-round upset over Purdue, a 5-seed, in the 2016 NCAA Tournament, he became one of the most coveted coaches in the country. He left after a few months Texas Techwhere he spent five seasons and led the team to the national title game in 2019. His ascent continued in 2021, when Texas — his alma mater and “dream school” — hired him as head coach.

The Longhorns selected Beard in hopes of leading the program into the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2008. Beard led the Longhorns to the second round of the NCAA Tournament in his first season and landed. Some of the nation’s top recruits and transfers in his first two seasons.

But Beard’s career came to a screeching halt last month when he was Arrested on charges of domestic violenceTexas prompt Suspend him without pay. Rodney Terry, his assistant and former head coach at UTEP and Fresno State, became the acting head coach.

Thursday, Texas announcement It fired Beard, ending his run in Austin as the charges against him remain under investigation, according to the Travis County District Attorney’s Office.

Here’s a look at key moments from Beard’s career at Texas, through news of his termination Thursday.

April 1, 2021: Chris Baird is named Texas head coach

Beard, who has been the head coach at Texas Tech since 2016, took one The Big 12 reported a $4 million buyout to replace the school And Shaka replaces Smart at his alma mater.

Beard led the Red Raiders to a national title game appearance in 2019 and to the Elite Eight in 2018, leaving with an overall record of 112-55.

March 18, 2022: Texas defeated Virginia Tech In the first round of the 2022 NCAA Men’s Tournament

The 81-73 win in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, marked the Longhorns’ first win in a postseason tournament since 2014.

Nov. 28, 2022: Texas moves to No. 2 in AP poll, program’s highest ranking since 2009-10

Texas begins the 2022-23 season ranked No. 12 in the preseason. After six straight wins, including a 93-74 victory over No. 2 Gonzaga November 16; They vaulted to No. 4 and No. 2 a week later.

December 12, 2022: Chris Beard is arrested

Texas coach Arrested by the police in Austin, Texas, and booked at 4:18 a.m. CDT on a third-degree charge of “assault, obstruction of breathing” or strangulation of family/household members. The charge is a third-degree felony in Texas, with a possible penalty of two to 10 years in prison.

Austin police told ESPN they received a “disturbance hotshot” call and officers were dispatched just after midnight Monday. Beard was released from the Travis County Jail at 2:44 pm CDT after posting a cash bond.

Beard is allowed to interact with the alleged victim in a non-threatening manner, he must stay 200 yards from the residence where police were called and is told he cannot have a firearm.

Texas released a statement saying, “The university is aware of the situation regarding Chris Beard. We are continuing to gather information and monitor the legal process.”

December 12, 2022: Texas suspends unpaid beards indefinitely

Associate head coach Rodney Terry, who was the head coach at UTEP (2018-21) and Fresno State (2011-18), has been named acting head coach. provided by the school There is no timeline for beard suspension.

“The university takes seriously issues of interpersonal violence involving members of its community,” the school said in its announcement.

December 12, 2022: Texas plays first game without a beard

On the same day their head coach was arrested on domestic violence charges, Texas players pulled out a Overtime win against inspection the rice87-81.

December 23, 2022: Fiancé conflict event

Randy True, the woman who called police to report the assault, publishes a statement His lawyer said he was “deeply sorry” for the incident and that Beard was acting in self-defense against him.

“Chris and I are deeply sorry that we have brought negative attention to our family, friends and the University of Texas, among others. As Chris’ fiancee and biggest supporter, I apologize for the role I played in this unfortunate incident. I understand that my Frustration, while breaking his glasses, started a physical fight between Chris and me,” True said in the statement.

“Chris did not choke me, and I told law enforcement that evening. Chris says he was acting in self-defense, and I don’t deny that. I don’t believe Chris was intentionally trying to harm me in any way. He should be arrested or prosecuted. It was not my intention. We appreciate everyone’s support and prayers during this difficult time,” she said.

In a statement, the university said: “We are reviewing the statement from Randi Trew. This matter is the subject of an internal investigation and the university does not comment on pending investigations.”

December 27, 2022: Austin police provide “no comment” update

Three days after Randy True released a statement that Beard strangled him, and also said that Austin police failed to record his account of what happened that night, officials said they would not comment. “The department respects the investigation and the court process and will have no further comment at this time.”

January 4, 2023: District Attorney’s Office shares statement

The Travis County District Attorney’s Office provided an update on the ongoing investigation, saying, “The matter is still under review, and our prosecutors are evaluating all evidence, including recent statements and evidence collected by law enforcement.

Our office takes all complaints of domestic violence seriously; In each case, we are committed to working through the unique challenges presented.”

January 5, 2023: Texas sets beards on fire

“The University of Texas has parted ways with Chris Beard,” Longhorns athletic director Chris Del Conte said in a statement released Thursday afternoon announcing the decision.

“This is a difficult situation that we are working diligently on. Today I informed Mr. Beard of my decision to terminate him immediately.”

The university’s vice president for legal affairs, Jim Davis, wrote in a letter to Beard’s attorney, Perry Minton, that Beard “engaged in unacceptable conduct that makes him unfit to serve as a head coach at our university.” Whether prosecutors proceed with the case does not determine whether Beard engaged in school misconduct, Davis wrote.

Minton said in a statement that Beard was “crushed” by the news and claimed the university fired without asking either Beard or True.

“I am concerned that the University of Texas made a terrible decision against the best interests of the university, based on Twitter feeds and editorials — and not information about an actual innocent man,” Minton said. “The university violated their contract with the coach and we are devastated.”

Minton sent a letter early Thursday morning pressing the university to keep Beard on the job; The school said the letter showed a “lack of self-awareness”.

“Your letter this morning reveals that Mr. Beard does not understand the significance of the conduct in which he engaged or the subsequent events that impair his ability to effectively lead our program,” Davis wrote.

Beard had five years left on a seven-year guaranteed contract that included a provision that could have him fired for cause if he was charged with a crime.

Assistant coach Rodney Terry took over for Beard last month and will be the acting head coach for the remainder of the season, according to the school.


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