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Texas Basketball Coach Chris Beard is Fired Amid Serious Charge

The University of Texas fired men's basketball coach Chris Beard Thursday (January 5) amid a felony domestic family violence charge stemming from an incident involving his fiancée last month, the Associated Press reports, citing a letter of termination sent to Beard's attorney.

Beard was arrested in Austin on a charge of assault by strangulation/suffocation family violence on December 12, which carries a potential of two to 10-year prison sentence if convicted.

Beard finishes his Texas career going 34-14 in one-plus seasons in Austin. Beard’s Longhorns went 22-12 last season with a second round exit in the NCAA Tournament, and were 12-2 this year with a no. 6 ranking in the AP Poll at the time of his firing.

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