Chris Beard: College of Texas males’s basketball head coach arrested and charged with assault


The University of Texas at Austin men’s basketball head coach Chris Beard was arrested Monday and charged with third-degree assault.

Officers responded to a “disturbance” at the 1900 block of Vista Lane at 12:15 a.m. local time and Beard was arrested, according to the Austin Police Department.

Beard was charged with assaulting a family member or household member by obstructing respiratory circulation and was sent to the Travis County Jail at 5:18 a.m., according to the County Sheriff’s Office website.

CNN has reached out to Beard’s legal representative for comment.

“The university is aware of the situation regarding Chris Beard. We continue to gather information and monitor legal process,” Texas Athletics said in a statement to CNN.

The university announced Monday night that Beard was suspended following his arrest.

“The university takes seriously matters of interpersonal violence involving members of its community,” the statement said. “Based on the information available, the university has suspended Chris Beard from his position as head coach of men’s basketball and will withhold his pay until further notice. Associate head coach Rodney Terry will serve as acting head coach for tonight’s game against Rice.”

The 7-1 Longhorns, ranked 7th, play the Rice University Owls Monday night in Austin.

Beard is in his second season at the helm of Texas. Last season, he led the team to a 22-12 record and an NCAA tournament berth.

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