Texas Longhorns Coach Chris Beard Suspended, Charged With Assault

Written By Eli Hershkovich on December 13, 2022
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The Longhorns have made their mark in college basketball odds this season, but that’s overshadowed by the recent developments around head coach Chris Beard. In the midst of his second season at his alma mater, Beard was arrested Monday morning for a third-degree felony assault on a family member charge after a woman informed police Beard strangled and bit her.

Beard was suspended by the school later that day “until further notice.” Longhorns associate head coach Rodney Terry has taken his place for the time being. Texas, which is ranked No. 7 in the latest AP Top 25 poll, survived Rice 87-81 in overtime on Monday. Texas had been positioned at No. 3 in my college basketball power rankings.

ESPN college basketball analyst Jay Bilas jumped on the TheLines Outside Shots podcast, discussing the troubling development among many other college basketball topics.

“That throws a whole new wrench into things,” Bilas said. “Who knows how things go from here and what (Beard’s) status will be. Before this weekend and that sad incident occurred, they were in the mix. Clearly, a top-10 team and maybe better.”

The charge against Beard is considered a third-degree felony in Texas. If convinced, the sentence could range between two to 10 years in prison. The charge consisted of an assault on a family or household member, hampering breathing in the process. The Austin police subsequently arrested Beard. He was taken into custody at the Travis County jail at 4:18 a.m. CST on Monday.

The woman informed law enforcement officers that Chris Beard, “choked me, bit me, bruises all over my leg, throwing me around and going nuts.”

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