The Stadium reporter Jeff Goodman broke the news Wednesday morning. KVUE's partners at the Austin American-Statesman confirmed the hiring. KVUE has reached out to UT officials, but has not heard back yet.
Once Smart's departure was announced, Beard's name instantly became a topic of conversation as the next man up for UT. Beard received his undergraduate degree in kinesiology from the University of Texas in 1995, where he worked as a student assistant for Tom Penders. Ironically, he got his master’s degree in education from the school that bounced Smart's Longhorns team in the first round of the NCAA tournament: Abilene Christian.
Beard will take over a Longhorns team that won its first Big 12 conference championship in school history. The 2021 UT men's basketball team went 19-8 overall.
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