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Chris Beard arrested for assault of a family member

Texas basketball head coach booked on third-degree charge.

Texas Longhorns head coach Chris Beard reacts during the second half against the Creighton Bluejays at Moody Center.  Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports

Update 6:45 p.m. Beard has been suspended by Texas without pay.

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.

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.

2:18 p.m. update: The Austin police department published a press release and a booking photo of Beard.

The police report reads as follows:

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.

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.

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.