Texas reaches deal with former UTEP head coach Rodney Terry as full-time basketball coach
AUSTIN, Texas - Texas has reached an agreement with Rodney Terry to be the Longhorns' full-time head basketball coach, taking the interim tag off his title after he led the program to the Elite Eight following the midseason firing of Chris Beard, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press.
Texas was knocked out of the NCAA Tournament by Miami on Sunday, ending its longest postseason run since 2008.
Terry and Texas officials reached the agreement Monday, according to a person with knowledge of the deal who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.
Financial terms of the deal were not immediately available.
Terry took over the Longhorns as acting head coach when Beard was first suspended on Dec. 12 after a felony domestic violence arrest. Terry was giving the title of interim head coach when Beard was fired Jan. 5.
Texas won the Big 12 Tournament championship and questions about Terry’s future with the program were amplified as the Longhorns kept winning in the postseason.
Texas fans wondered what more he needed to prove and Longhorns players publicly advocated for him to get the job.
Former Texas player T.J. Ford, who led the Longhorns to 2003 Final Four and was that season's Naismith national player of the year, praised the move to keep Terry.
“I’m very excited that the right decision was made to continue this great culture,” Ford tweeted.
The dormant Texas program had all the signs of renewal under Beard, as he mined the transfer portal to build a roster to compete in the rugged Big 12
. He had done the same at Texas Tech, where he led the Red Raiders to the 2019 national championship game.
Beard was arrested after his fiancée called 911 and told police he choked, bit and hit her during a confrontation at his home. S
he later recanted that she was choked, but Texas still fired Beard as university lawyers called him “unfit” to lead the program.
The Travis County district attorney eventually dismissed the felony charge, saying they could not prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt, and because of her wishes not to prosecute.
Beard has since been hired at Mississippi.