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University of Texas basketball coach Chris Beard faces felony domestic assault charge

Chris Beard, the head coach of the University of Texas men’s basketball team, was arrested Monday morning for domestic violence in Austin, Texas. Authorities said he assaulted a family member while trying to stop his breathing.

The Austin Police Department said officers responded to a call about a disturbance at an Austin home around 12:15 p.m. Beard, 49, was arrested and charged with assaulting a member of a family or household by impeding respiratory circulation, a third-degree felony, according to the Travis County Sheriff’s Office.

Bond for Beard has not been fixed. It was unclear if he had an attorney.

Details of who Beard had been charged with the assault and that person’s condition were not immediately available Monday. Beard has three daughters and is engaged, according to his official biography on the University of Texas at Austin athletics website.

The university said in a statement Monday that it was “aware of the situation regarding Chris Beard.”

“We continue to gather information and monitor the legal process,” the university said.

The NCAA did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Monday.

Beard was named coach of the Texas Longhorns in April 2021 after five seasons as head coach of the Texas Tech men’s basketball team, which he led to the NCAA National Championship Game in 2019.

Prior to that, Beard served as head coach of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock men’s basketball teams; Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas; McMurry University in Abilene, Texas; Seminole State College in Sanford, Florida; and Fort Scott Community College in Fort Scott, Kan. Beard graduated from the University of Texas in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology, the study of human movement.

The Texas Longhorns men’s basketball team will face Rice University on Monday night in Austin. The team was absent on Sunday after beating the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff 88-43 in Austin on Saturday.

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