Texas fires Chris Beard as head basketball coach
After a month of turmoil since the incident involving former head coach Chris Beard and his fiancé, Texas announced they have fired the coach for cause.
Before his absence from the team, the Longhorns were off to a 7-1 start. Beard was in his second year in a fully guaranteed seven year contract.
On December 12, 2022, Beard and his fiancé fiancé, Randi Trew, had a dispute at their residence. It was initially stated to officers that Beard choked Trew from behind, bit and hit her when the two got in an argument.
However, she retracted the story and gave this statement weeks later:
"Chris did not strangle me, and I told that to law enforcement that evening," Trew said in her statement. "Chris has stated that he was acting in self-defense, and I do not refute that. I do not believe Chris was trying to intentionally harm me in any way."
Official statement from athletic director Chris Del Conte:
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.