Following executive session, the Texas Tech Board of Regents voted 7-0 Monday to authorize interim president John Opperman to approve Chris Beard as the Texas Tech men’s basketball coach.
Beard, who replaced the recently departed Tubby Smith after agreeing to contract terms Friday, is the 17th head coach in Red Raiders program history. He held the same position at UNLV.
Terms of the contract have not been released.
Chris Beard’s Arkansas-Little Rock team finished with only five losses last season.
One of which came at the United Supermarkets Arena.
After that game in late December, Beard mentioned that Texas Tech had the type of team he was trying to build at Little Rock.
Less than three days after Tubby Smith left for Memphis, Beard returns to Lubbock for a job that is far from a rebuild.
Now, Beard has the program he was striving toward as the foundation to launch off of toward a great future of Texas Tech men’s basketball.
Chris Beard struggled to keep the tears inside as he turned to his right.
There sat his three daughters.
Avery, with her days-old driver’s license, drove her younger sisters Ella and Margo from Abilene to Lubbock on Friday night to welcome their dad home.
“I’m proud to be able to come home,” Beard said, “And be closer to you guys.”
From his daughters, Beard’s gaze shifted more to his left toward his new family — a group of young men eagerly listening to the man, they hope, will turn their dreams into reality.
It’s tempting to only focus on the big numbers during Chris Beard’s 10 years at Texas Tech.
The Red Raiders won 57 percent of their games with Beard on staff under coach Bob and Pat Knight from 2001-2011.
Sixty percent of Texas Tech’s teams during that decade advanced to the postseason.
Just under 40 percent of the Red Raiders’ total 20-win seasons in program history came with Beard on the sideline.
But let’s zoom in on a single number, a single person, that could make this unexpected transition go as seamless as possible.
Four months ago, Chris Beard brought his undefeated Arkansas-Little Rock team to Lubbock to take on Texas Tech during non-conference play.
The Red Raiders handed Beard’s squad their first loss of the season, and afterward, Beard reflected on returning to a place he once called home.
Friday afternoon, he returned home once again as Beard was announced as the new Texas Tech men’s basketball coach.
Beard agreed to a five-year deal, whose terms have yet to be disclosed.
Former Texas Tech assistant coach Chris Beard has met with Texas Tech about its coaching vacancy, less than two weeks after being named UNLV’s coach.
UNLV athletic director Tina Kunzer-Murphy issued a statement Thursday saying Beard met with Texas Tech after the school asked permission to speak with him. She later met with Beard, and she said the issue would be resolved by Friday.
Beard agreed to a contract with UNLV on March 28 but had to wait 11 days before the school’s board of regents ratified his contract.
According to multiple outlets, including ESPN and CBS Sports, Texas Tech officials flew to Las Vegas to meet with UNLV coach Chris Beard Thursday night.
Beard, who recently signed a contract with UNLV, has a $1 million buyout according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Tubby Smith wanted to make sure one thing was understood.
His leaving Lubbock for Memphis didn’t have anything to do with anything anybody did or what didn’t happen at Texas Tech.
“Kirby (Hocutt) has been great to me,” Smith said over the phone on Thursday. “It’s a heck of a package there. I just think it’s the best thing for me and my family at this time.”
Memphis introduced Smith as its new basketball coach Thursday, ending Smith’s three-year tenure at Tech.
Memphis officials first approached Smith on Tuesday afternoon.
When “Tubby Smith” started trending on Twitter Wednesday afternoon, Red Raider C.J. Williamson sent out a message of his own.
The freshman guard, who closed out his high school career as the second leading scorer behind Darryl Dawkins, only averaged 1.7 points in 6.6 minutes per contest.
That limited playing time, paired with the rumors and statements circling through the social media world about the man who recruited him, often makes young players pack up their bags and take their talents elsewhere.
Instead of flight, Williamson chose fight.