Brian Davis, Hookem
Printed 11: 57 a.m. ET April 1, 2021 | Updated 5: 27 p.m. ET April 1, 2021
It as soon as appeared unthinkable, but the Longhorns have completed it. Texas has lured Chris Beard some distance off from Texas Tech.
The faculty introduced Beard as its next males’s basketball coach Thursday.
The hiring is a coup for Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte, who wanted a splashy rent to stave off rising fan apathy and disappointment relating to the Longhorns’ basketball inconsistency.
“When we began discussing possible candidates to lead our Males’s Basketball program, Chris Beard’s name kept creating,” Del Conte said in a press release. “We’ve all viewed what he’s completed in building Texas Tech proper into a national power, glimpse his wealth of knowledge and abilities, and his be conscious file at every role he’s been is unprecedented.”
The total lot about Beard is plump throttle, from his wild-eyed defensive intensity to his indulge in of nation tune and Whataburger. Allotment of the reason for Texas Tech’s success was his voice appeals to the college’s students on social media movies dubbed “Fireplace Chat with Chris Beard.” His recognition virtually made Beard the unofficial mayor of Lubbock.
The transfer seemingly wasn’t low-price. Beard was earning about $5 million every year at Texas Tech on a deal that ran via the 2024-25 season. Texas would owe a $4 million buyout price since Beard is leaving for one other faculty within the route of the voice, in step with his contract. That identify was $5 million but dropped to $4 million on April 1, which is Thursday.
Contract significant aspects weren’t proper now known.
Texas has now not received an NCAA Tournament sport since 2014. Beard took the Crimson Raiders to the Elite Eight in 2018 and reached the national championship sport in 2019. In five seasons at Tech, he’s 112-55. He was also 30-5 in a single season at Arkansas-Minute Rock at some stage within the 2015-16 season.
“I’m extremely glad and excited to be coming assist to Austin and assist to the Longhorn family,” Beard said in a press release.
“It’s a elaborate and emotional day in plenty of ways as I dawdle away Texas Tech, a role the assign I’m very appreciative of now not finest my five years as a head coach but additionally my 10 years as an assistant. I owe so significant to Texas Tech University.”
Beard, 48, replaces Shaka Tidy, who left after six seasons for Marquette.
Beard knows plump effectively what he’s going in. The Texas ex was a student assistant underneath Texas coach Tom Penders within the early 1990s. He earned a kinesiology degree at the college in 1995 and later his master’s degree at Abilene Christian in 1998.
Beard has in actuality labored his manner up via the coaching profession. He was a graduate assistant at Incarnate Be conscious and had assistant jobs at Abilene Christian and North Texas. He obtained his first head coaching job at Fortress Scott Team College in 1999 and spent a year at Seminole Teach.
Beard’s profession genuinely took flight in 2001 when Bob Knight hired him as an assistant at Texas Tech. Beard was a sponge, absorbing every little thing he may maybe possible well also from one of the sport’s legends. Beard stayed on when Pat Knight took over for his father, but he needed to search out a recent landing assign after the 2010-11 season.
Beard ended up with a head coaching feature within the American Basketball Association, a semi-pro league. Beard was 31-2 with the South Carolina Warriors. He then went assist to the college ranks. He logged a year at McMurry University, two at Angelo Teach after which landed at Minute Rock.
Beard was hired by UNLV in April 2016 but bolted for Texas Tech moral every week later. The abrupt transfer was the next one for him personally; it was a increased profile crew, the next league and Lubbock was closer to his three daughters.
“It’s treasure when Endure Bryant left Texas A&M for Alabama,” Beard said at his Texas Tech introductory data convention. “He said, ‘When momma calls, you’ve gotta dawdle home.’ Texas Tech is my momma, and I’m home. I’m so glad to be right here.”
With the Crimson Raiders, Beard gave Tidy and the Longhorns every form of complications. Texas went 5-8 in opposition to Beard the last five seasons. After every sport, decide or lose, Beard was constantly complimentary of Tidy and his program.
Now, Beard will get to assign on the burnt orange himself. Alternatively, it’s unclear who will seemingly be taking part in for him.
Wherever from seven to eight avid gamers from basically the most fashionable 11-man roster may maybe possible well also dawdle away for various reasons. Beard must rebuild via the NCAA transfer portal, something relied on at Texas Tech. When the Crimson Raiders performed in this year’s match moral one standard remained from the crew that was in that 2019 title sport.