Texas coach Chris Beard arrested on felony assault charge for alleged strangulation of family member

Texas men’s basketball coach Chris Beard, 49 was arrested early Monday morning after allegedly strangling a person at a home. Beard was booked at 4:18 am CT with the Travis County Sheriff’s Office seeking a felony third-degree assault charge, according to police records.

Police responded to a “disturbance hot shot” 9-1-1 call, defined as “incidents which are in progress and are an immediate threat to life and/or public safety (ie shootings, stabbings, rapes, riots). These calls are dispatched immediately.”

The Austin Police Department issued this release Monday afternoon regarding Beard’s arrest: “On December 12, 2022, at approximately 12:15 am, 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.”

Beard, who remains in police custody, went before a magistrate judge in Austin municipal court on Monday afternoon and had his bail set at $10,000, according to official court records.

The No. 7 Longhorns are scheduled to face Rice at home at 8 p.m. ET Monday.

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

Texas is yet to make a statement regarding who will coach the team Monday evening.

Texas poached Beard from Big 12 rival Texas Tech in 2021. With the Red Raiders, and during his short stint with Little Rock, Beard rocketed himself into the upper echelon of the coaching ranks as one of the sport’s rising stars. Beard went 30-5 in one season at Little Rock, advancing to the NCAA Tournament, before spending five seasons at Texas Tech where he went 112-55 and competed for the national championship in 2019.

A former Longhorns team manager under Tom Penders, Beard has gotten off to a fast start at his alma mater. Texas reached the NCAA Tournament and won 22 games in his first season. Texas is 7-1 to start the 2022-23 campaign, having reached as high as No. 2 in the AP Top 25.

CBS Sports will update this breaking news story as more information becomes available.

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