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Texas basketball coach Chris Beard arrested for assault


Texas men’s basketball coach Chris Beard was arrested Monday morning for domestic violence.

Beard, 49, is currently going through the booking process at Travis County Jail, according to Kristen Dark, public information officer for the Travis County Sheriff’s Office.

“He’s in our custody,” Dark told ESPN. “I can confirm that he is the person who is in our booking process.”

Beard was arrested by police in Austin, Texas, and arraigned at 4:18 a.m. on a third-degree charge of “assault of a family/household member, obstructing the circulation of breath ” or strangulation.

Austin police told ESPN they received a “disruptive” call and officers were dispatched to the 1900 block of Vista Lane shortly after midnight Monday. The Austin Police Department website defines a “hotshot” call as “incidents in progress that pose an immediate threat to life and/or public safety. …These calls are dispatched immediately.”

The school said in a statement: “The University is aware of the situation regarding Chris Beard. We continue to gather information and monitor the legal process.”

Texas, ranked second overall in the Associated Press poll, is 7-1 and off to its best start in years. The Longhorns are expected to host Rice on Monday night.

Beard, in his second season with the Longhorns, left Texas Tech to take what he called his “dream job” at Texas in 2021.

ESPN’s Pete Thamel contributed to this report.

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