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Texas has fired men's basketball coach Chris Beard, the school announced on Thursday afternoon. Beard was previously suspended without pay on December 12th stemming from an incident at his home involving an arrest with domestic family violence.
Texas Athletic Director Chris Del Conte released the following statement on Beard's firing.
"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."
Beard's attorney, Perry Minton, released a statement of his own following the news.
According to correspondence between the University's Legal Affairs Department and Perry Minton, Chris Beard was given the opportunity to resign and avoid termination by the University. And it was emphasized that the University had no preference for the resignation or termination option relative to Beard.
The Longhorns, who are 12-2 this year and 1-1 in Big 12 play, will be led by Rodney Terry the rest of the season. The longtime assistant under Rick Barnes who returned to Austin with Beard last year is 5-1 as the acting head coach.
A copy of the formal letter termination notice sent via Certified Mail from Texas Athletic Director Chris Del Conte to Beard can be seen below.
Minton, Beard's attorney