University of Texas
University of Texas at Austin officially parts ways with head basketball coach Chris Beard
The University of Texas at Austin announced Thursday that it has fired head men’s 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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