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According to reports from Stadium, Texas Tech men's basketball coach Chris Beard is headed for Austin.

The news comes after Univerisity of Texas Head Coach Shaka Smart packed his bags for Marquette after the men's basketball program lost out of the first round of the NCAA Championship Tournament in a tight loss to underdogs Abilene Christian University.


At Tech, Beard has pushed the Raiders further into the NCAA Tournament than ever before. After taking the head coaching job in 2016, Beard broke school records by leading the team into the Elite Eight in 2018 and taking the team to a record 31 wins as they made it to the NCAA Tournament Finals for the first time.

Beard is a UT alum himself and has reportedly been the Longhorn's main head coaching interest after Smart's departure. To many Tech and UT fans' surprise, Texas was expected to meet with Beard on Thursday, and it appears to have gone well.



Texas, Texas Tech and Beard himself have yet to confirm these reports.

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