Texas fires Chris Beard amid home household violence cost

Texas head males’s basketball coach Chris Beard was fired Thursday, lower than one month after the varsity suspended him with out pay following his arrest on a home household violence cost.

Affiliate head coach Rodney Terry, who has been the performing head coach since Beard’s suspension, will stay in cost the remainder of the season.

Longhorns athletic director Chris Del Conte launched an announcement Thursday afternoon asserting the choice.

“The College of Texas has parted methods with Chris Beard,” he stated. “This has been a tough scenario that we have been diligently working by way of. Right now I knowledgeable Mr. Beard of our determination to terminate him efficient instantly.”

The college’s vp of authorized affairs, Jim Davis, wrote in a letter to Beard’s lawyer, Perry Minton, that Beard engaged in “unacceptable habits that makes him unfit to function head coach at our college.” Whether or not prosecutors proceed with the case doesn’t decide whether or not Beard engaged in conduct unbecoming of the varsity, Davis wrote.

Beard was arrested on the morning of Dec. 12 after his fiancée, Randi Trew, advised officers he choked her from behind, bit her and hit her when the 2 received in an argument. Trew launched an announcement on Dec. 23 through which she denied telling police Beard choked her.

“Chris didn’t strangle me, and I advised that to regulation enforcement that night,” Trew stated in her assertion. “Chris has said that he was performing in self-defense, and I don’t refute that. I don’t imagine Chris was attempting to deliberately hurt me in any manner.”

Trew’s assertion didn’t deal with why she made the emergency name or different particulars within the police report, comparable to chunk marks and abrasions on her face and telling officers that she could not breathe for about 5 seconds.

The Travis County District Lawyer’s workplace launched an announcement to ESPN’s Myron Medcalf on Thursday morning, hours earlier than Beard was fired.

“The matter continues to be underneath assessment, and our prosecutors are evaluating the entire proof, together with current statements and all proof collected by regulation enforcement,” the assertion stated. “Our workplace takes all allegations of home violence significantly; in every case, we’re dedicated to working by way of the distinctive challenges introduced.”

Minton stated in an announcement that Beard is “crushed” by the information and claimed that the college went forward with the firing with out asking Beard or Trew any questions.

“I’m involved that the College of Texas has made a horrible determination in opposition to the curiosity of the College, based mostly on Twitter feeds and editorials — and never the info regarding a very harmless man,” Minton stated. “The College has violated their settlement with the coach and we’re devastated.”

Minton has stated the coach is harmless and pointed to Trew’s assertion in a letter despatched early Thursday to the college, through which Minton pressed the varsity to maintain Beard.

“Coach Beard has not executed something to violate any provision of his contract with the College of Texas,” Minton wrote, including he expects the fees to be dropped.

Minton’s letter additionally stated Del Conte “has repeatedly reported to our workforce that he’s sure that Chris Beard did nothing mistaken — and is harmless.” It additionally stated that Texas officers advised Beard to resign or be fired.

The college stated Del Conte supported a “pause” of suspending Beard earlier than firing him to see what info might come out. That ought to not have been taken as a willpower of the coach’s conduct, Davis stated.

“Your letter this morning reveals that Mr. Beard doesn’t perceive the importance of the habits he is aware of he engaged in, or the following occasions that impair his potential to successfully lead our program,” Davis wrote within the faculty’s termination letter.

“This lack of self-awareness is one more failure of judgement that makes Mr. Beard unfit to function a head coach at our college,” Davis wrote.

Beard had been the top coach at Texas since 2021 after spending 5 seasons at Large 12 rival Texas Tech. In his lone full season in Austin, Beard went 22-12 earlier than dropping within the second spherical of the NCAA event.

Texas was off to a 7-1 begin earlier than Beard’s arrest. Terry guided the Longhorns to 5 straight wins earlier than a house loss to Kansas State on Tuesday.

Beard was within the second season of a totally assured, seven-year contract. His contract features a provision underneath which he will be fired for trigger for conduct that features being charged with a felony.