Texas fires Chris Beard for trigger following home violence allegations

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The College of Texas has fired males’s head basketball coach Chris Beard. The varsity introduced the transfer Thursday, with Beard’s removing coming practically a month after Beard’s arrest on felony home violence costs. Beard’s fiancée known as Austin police when the 2 allegedly received into an argument by which Beard allegedly choked and bit her, leaving her with bruises. Beard is going through a third-degree home violence cost in Travis County, the place Austin is positioned. The case is pending and Beard has but to be indicted, per Travis County District Clerk information.

The Longhorns firing Beard with trigger means the college doesn’t should pay the 49-year-old the remainder of his base wage of $2 million per season, which was due via the top of the 2027-28 season. Texas is also off the hook for all of Beard’s contract incentives, which may complete greater than an extra $1 million per season.

“This has been a troublesome state of affairs that we’ve been diligently working via. Right this moment I knowledgeable Mr. Beard of our choice to terminate him efficient instantly,” College of Texas Vice President and Athletics Director Chris Del Conte stated through assertion. “We thank Coach Rodney Terry for his exemplary management each on and off the court docket at a time when our workforce wanted it most. We’re grateful he’ll stay the performing head coach for the rest of the season.”

Beard was given the chance to resign, in keeping with the Austin American-Statesman, however didn’t. Beard had been suspended from this system with out pay since his Dec. 12 arrest. He was booked into the Travis County jail and launched the identical day after posting bail. Beard, a Texas alumnus, was employed because the Longhorns’ head coach in April 2021, coming from Texas Tech, the place he led the Purple Raiders to a nationwide championship look in 2019.