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Rodney Terry named as head basketball coach for Texas Men's Basketball

Rodney Terry led the Longhorns to the Elite 8 while serving as the interim coach for the majority of this past season.

AUSTIN, Texas — The University of Texas at Austin has removed the "interim" tag from basketball coach Rodney Terry, elevating him to a full-time position.

Terry led the Longhorns to the Elite 8 while serving in the interim role for the majority of this season. He replaces former head coach Chris Beard, who was fired back in January after he was arrested for allegedly assaulting his fiancée. The Travis County District Attorney's Office later filed a motion to dismiss the case.

This will be Terry's third stint as a full-time head coach at the Division 1 level, having previously coached the programs at Fresno State, from 2011 until 2018, and Texas El-Paso, from 2018 until 2021.

Terry has a record of 185-164, a 53% win percentage, in nearly 11 years as a head coach.

During a press conference Tuesday, Terry addressed the UT community, getting a standing ovation from players, family and friends in attendance.

"I know my father’s up in Heaven today with his horns up high. They’re really high today," Terry said, adding, "No one knows this place better than me, in terms of the landscape and how to be successful here at an elite level."

Terry also said that Beard reached out to him on Monday to congratulate him on the opportunity.

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