One week after officially being confirmed as the 12th full-time head coach in UNLV basketball history, Chris Beard has departed to become the new head coach at Texas Tech.
According to various media reports, Beard has signed a five-year deal to replace Tubby Smith, who left Thursday to become head coach at Memphis.
UNLV athletic director Tina Kunzer-Murphy issued the following statement on Friday morning:
“Coach Beard has informed me he intends to pursue the men’s basketball head coaching job at Texas Tech. This unprecedented move is extremely disappointing to the President and I, for our program and to our fans. Our search process allowed us to develop a deep pool of qualified candidates, from which we will select a great coach who really wants to be here and who will honor his commitments in leading the Runnin’ Rebels.”
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