Texas fires Chris Beard amid domestic family violence charge

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Texas Head coach Chris Baird was fired Thursday, less than a month after the school fired him for non-compliance with salary. His arrest Alleged domestic violence.

Associate head coach Rodney Terry, who has been the acting head coach since Beard’s firing, will remain in charge for the remainder of the season.

Longhorns athletic director Chris Del Conte released a statement Thursday afternoon announcing the decision.

“The University of Texas has parted ways with Chris Beard,” he said. “This has been a difficult situation that we have worked tirelessly through. Today I have informed Mr. Beard of our decision to terminate him with immediate effect.

“We thank coach Rodney Terry for his exemplary leadership on and off the court when our team needed it most. We are grateful he will remain the acting head coach for the remainder of the season.

“We are proud of our student-athletes, coaches and staff, who continue to make us proud as Longhorns during these difficult times.”

Beard was arrested the morning of Dec. 12 after her fiance, Randy True, told officers he choked her from behind, bit her and hit her during an argument between the two. Beard’s attorney Perry Minton said at the time that Beard was “100% innocent of these charges” and Trew released a statement Dec. 23 where he denied telling police that Beard choked him.

“Chris did not choke me, and I told law enforcement that evening,” True said in his statement. “Chris said he was acting in self-defense, and I don’t deny that. I don’t believe Chris was intentionally trying to do me any harm.”

True’s statement did not mention why he called 911 or other details in the police report, such as the bite marks and abrasions on his face and telling officers he couldn’t breathe for about five seconds.

The Travis County District Attorney’s office released a statement to ESPN’s Myron Medcalf on Thursday morning, hours before Beard was fired.

“The matter is still under review, and our prosecutors are evaluating all evidence, including recent statements and evidence collected by law enforcement,” the statement said. “Our office takes all allegations of domestic violence seriously; in each case, we are committed to working through the unique challenges presented.”

Beard has been Texas’ head coach since 2021 after spending five seasons at Big 12 rival Texas Tech. In his only full season in Austin, Baird went 22-12 before losing in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

Texas was off to a 7-1 start before Baird’s arrest. Terry had guided the Longhorns to five straight wins before Tuesday’s home loss to Kansas State.

Beard was in the second season of a fully guaranteed, seven-year contract. His contract includes a provision under which he can be fired for conduct that includes being charged with a felony.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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