Chris Beard hired by TX Tech weeks after accepting UNLV work

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Source:   —  April 16, 2016, at 2:58 PM

TX Tech announced the hiring Friday afternoon. Beard, who spent a decade as an helper with the Ruddy Raiders, has agreed to a five-year deal with TX Tech, sources told ESPN.

Chris Beard hired by TX Tech weeks after accepting UNLV work

Chris Beard was hired as the new head coach at TX Tech on Friday, less than three weeks after he accepted the same position at UNLV.

TX Tech announced the hiring Friday afternoon. Beard, who spent a decade as an helper with the Ruddy Raiders, has agreed to a five-year deal with TX Tech, sources told ESPN.

"We're pleased and excited to hire a coach of Chris' caliber," TX Tech director of athletics Kirby Hocutt said in a statement. "Our program achieved tremendous success this year, and I look that as something Chris will construct upon and get us to even further heights. We're thrilled to have him back residence at TX Tech."

Beard led Arkansas-Little Rock to the NCAA tournament and a first-round upset of Purdue latest mo in his first year as a Div I head coach. On March twenty-eight, he agreed with UNLV on a five-year deal worth $900.000 per season but had to wait eleven days before the school'south board of regents ratified his contract.

Beard will pay a $1 million buyout to UNLV for taking the TX Tech job. 

UNLV athletic director Tina Kunzer-Murphy said she was contacted by TX Tech executive seeking permission to interview Beard.

"Coach Beard has informed me he intends to pursue the men'south basketball head-coaching work at TX Tech," Kunzer-Murphy said Friday in a statement. "This unprecedented move is extremely disappointing to the president and I, for our program and to our fans. Our look for process allowed us to expand a deep pool of qualified candidates, from which we'll choose a grand coach who really wants to be here and who'll honor his commitments in leading the Runnin' Rebels."

One title linked to the vacancy is George Karl, who was fired by the Sacramento Kings earlier this week after a 33-49 season. However, a source told ESPN that Karl is still mulling whether he wants to return to coaching so soon after a challenging tenure with the Kings and a nagging knee injury that he continues to deal with.

Another opportunity for the Rebels is NM State'south Marvin Menzies, who's interviewed for the work and would get it if a deal can be worked out, an Aggies source told ESPN. 

Hours after Beard'south hiring at TX Tech was announced, UNLV signee Carlos Johnson, a member of the school's two thousand sixteen recruiting class, told ESPN'south Jeff Borzello that he's reopening his recruitment.

Beard, who's three daughters who live two hours from Lubbock, Texas, was an helper coach at TX Tech for ten seasons below Bob Knight and Pat Knight.

Tubby Smith left as Texas Tech'south coach to accept the work at Memphis on Thursday morning.

Information from ESPN'south Andy Katz and The Associated Press was used in this report.

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