AUSTIN (KXAN) — Texas head men’s basketball coach Chris Beard was arrested early Monday morning and faces a third-degree felony charge of assault against a family/household member.
On Monday evening, the university announced Beard had been suspended without pay. Associate head coach Rodney Terry will serve as acting head coach for Monday’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,” according to a University of Texas statement.
Around 3 p.m. Monday, Beard walked out of the Travis County Jail on bond. During an initial court hearing with a magistrate, an emergency protective order was issued for two months. He has to stay 200 yards away from the home where the alleged assault took place, he has to stay at least 200 yards away from the victim at all times while the case is in court and he can’t possess a firearm or ammunition.
APD said it was called to the 1900 block of Vista Lane at 12:15 a.m., Monday for a disturbance in connection with Beard’s arrest. That’s in the Tarrytown neighborhood. According to an APD press release, when officers responded to the address they found a woman who said Beard choked her. APD wants anyone with more information about what happened to call them at 512-974-TIPS.
Beard was hired as the Longhorns head coach in April 2021 following the team’s earlier-than-expected exit from the NCAA tournament. Under previous coach Shaka Smart, the Longhorns won the Big 12 Conference tournament and had won five consecutive games going into the national tournament, earning a No. 3 seed in the East Regional. However, in one of the biggest upsets of the first round, 14th-seeded Abilene Christian beat the Longhorns 53-52. Smart left UT to coach at Marquette shortly after the loss and Beard was hired to replace him.
This season, the Longhorns were ranked as high as No. 2 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll. Following the team’s first loss of the season Dec. 6 to Illinois at Madison Square Garden, the Longhorns dropped five spots to No. 7 in the latest poll released Monday.
Including a 7-1 record this season, Beard is 29-13 as the Longhorns head coach. He went 22-12 last year and the Longhorns went to the second round of the NCAA tournament before losing to Purdue 81-71. The Longhorns beat Virginia Tech in the first round of the tournament 81-73 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Beard began his coaching career in Austin as a graduate assistant under then-head coach Tom Penders, but his most recent head coaching job before UT was in Lubbock for the Texas Tech Red Raiders. There he led the program to the National Championship game in 2019, losing to the Virginia Cavaliers. The year before, he took the Red Raiders to the first Elite Eight in school history. In five seasons in Lubbock, Beard was 112-55 overall and 9-3 in the NCAA tournament.
Prior to coaching at Texas Tech, Beard was a head coach at Arkansas-Little Rock (2015-16), Angelo State (2013-15), McMurry State (2012-13) and Seminole State College (2000-01). He was also an assistant coach at Texas Tech for 10 years from 2001-2011.