College basketball: Ole Miss hires former Texas HC Chris Beard

Ole Miss officially announced Chris Beard as its new head basketball coach on Monday.

Beard was fired by Texas following a domestic violence charge against a family member in December. Rodney Terry took over for Beard as acting head coach and guided the Longhorns to a top 5 finish in the AP Top 25 Poll.

Legal charges against Beard were dropped in February, opening up the possibility for him to return to college basketball. Ole Miss jumped at the opportunity to hire Beard to lead its program.

Beard has a career record of 171-73 as a head coach with a strong track record in the NCAA Tournament. He led Texas Tech to a national championship appearance in 2019.

With Texas heading to the SEC ahead of the 2024 season, the Horns will share a conference with its former head coach.

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