Update 6:45 p.m. Beard has been suspended by Texas without pay.
Texas has suspended Chris Beard without pay until further notice. pic.twitter.com/PhhMewvsKa— Brian Hamilton (@_Brian_Hamilton) December 12, 2022
The police report has also been released, which redacts the nameof Beard’s victim but states that it his finacee with whom he lives.
3:52 p.m. update: Beard has been released, but said nothing on his way from custody.
Chris Beard remains silent as he exits the Travis County Jail. pic.twitter.com/R1m6yXnrr6— Tyler Feldman (@TylerFeldmanTV) December 12, 2022
3:46 p.m. update: Beard has been given $10,000 bail and must stay away from his own home per the terms of his release. He also must remain 200 yards away from the victim of the crime, who has still not identified herself at this time.
Chris Beard's bail was set at $10,000 and he must stay 200 yards away from victim and his house while his case is pending, per court proceedings Monday.— Brian Hamilton (@_Brian_Hamilton) December 12, 2022
Updated story on the Texas coach's arrest and fallout @TheAthletic...https://t.co/h5em1CuYr5
2:18 p.m. update: The Austin police department published a press release and a booking photo of Beard.
NEW: Authorities have released a booking photo of University of Texas basketball coach Chris Beard after his arrest early today on a domestic violence charge. Authorities say a woman alleges she was assaulted and chocked by Beard. pic.twitter.com/hlzZDJ2b2R— Tony Plohetski (@tplohetski) December 12, 2022
On December 12, 2022, at approximately 12:15 a.m., the Austin Police Department (APD) received a 9-1-1 call for a disturbance in the 1900 block of Vista Lane. The caller reported the disturbance was no longer ongoing and one of the individuals had left the house. APD officers responded and located a woman who stated she had been assaulted and strangled by Christopher Michael Beard.
Beard was booked into Travis County Jail. He is charged with Assault by Strangulation/Suffocation
- Family Violence, a third degree felony.
12:19 p.m. update: Beard is still in jail, but will see a judge within 24 hours of his arrest, which occurred in the early hours of Monday morning.
Just got off phone w Travis County Sheriff office. Chris Beard is still in jail and will remain until probable cause affidavit received. Has to appear before judge within 24 hours of arrest, so can be up until 4am. Also Texas has a game tonight.— Dana O'Neil (@DanaONeilWriter) December 12, 2022
Texas Longhorns men’s basketball head coach Chris Beard was arrested early Monday morning on a charge of third-degree felony assault against a family member. Beard, 49, is in his second year as the head coach in Austin after six seasons at Texas Tech.
The charge against Beard says he was impeding the breath or circulation of a family member. Beard has three daughters.
The university has been made aware of the arrest. As of 10:00 a.m. ET, Beard had not yet seen a judge to set his bond. The university does have a clause in Beard’s contract that even just being charged with a felony could be grounds for termination.
Official statement from UT on Chris Beard: pic.twitter.com/Nuo9P6Rzb2— Jeff Howe (@JeffHowe247) December 12, 2022
UPDATE: As of 9 a.m., Beard remains in the Travis County Jail in downtown Austin. He has not yet seen a judge for the setting of a bond. The charge he faces is a third degree felony, for which a person faces up to 10 years in prison. https://t.co/bpcWvNBxAB— Tony Plohetski (@tplohetski) December 12, 2022
Texas is currently No. 2 in the AP Poll with a 7-1 record. Their last game was an 88-43 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Saturday night. They are scheduled to face Rice Monday evening.
Updates to come.