UT Fires Head Basketball Coach Chris Beard

Chris Beard

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Chris Beard is out as head coach of the University of Texas men's basketball team. The school announced Beard was terminated following his arrest for domestic violence last month. Beard was charged with strangling his fiancé during an argument at his home, but she later released a statement denying that he choked her. Acting head coach Rodney Terry will stay in the role for the rest of the season.

The university released the following statement:

"The University of Texas has parted ways with Chris Beard. This has been a difficult situation that we've been diligently working through. Today I informed Mr. Beard of our decision to terminate him effective immediately.

We thank Coach Rodney Terry for his exemplary leadership both on and off the court at a time when our team needed it most. We are grateful he 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."

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