University of Texas
University of Texas at Austin officially parts ways with head basketball coach Chris Beard
"The University of Texas has parted ways with Chris Beard. This has been a difficult situation that we've been diligently working through. Today [January 5] I informed Mr. Beard of our decision to terminate him effective immediately," UT Vice President and Athletics Director Chris Del Conte said in a statement.
Del Conte also thanked Coach Rodney Terry for "his exemplary leadership both on and off the court at a time when our team needed it most," and said Terry will remain the acting head coach for the remainder of the season.
"We are proud of our student-athletes, coaches and staff, who throughout this difficult time have continued to make us proud to be Longhorns," Del Conte said.
Austin police arrested Beard last month. A police affidavit said that a woman to whom Beard is engaged told officers that he choked and bit her, among other forms of assault. Late last month, however, that woman, Randi Trew, released a statement saying that Beard may have been defending himself, that he never strangled her and that she never intended to have him arrested.
Beard is currently facing a third-degree felony assault charge. The big question that remains is whether that charge is going to move forward. The short answer is that it's unknown.
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