Texas coach Chris Beard has been arrested for assault over alleged strangulation of a family member

Texas men’s basketball coach Chris Beard, 49, was arrested early Monday morning allegedly strangled a person in a house. According to police records, Beard was booked with the Travis County Sheriff’s Office at 4:18 a.m. CT to face charges of third-degree assault.

Police responded to a 9-1-1 call “Hot Shot Disorder,” defined as “incidents that are ongoing and pose an imminent threat to life and/or public safety (e.g., shootings, stabbings, rape, riots). These calls are sent immediately.”

The Austin Police Department issued this news release Monday afternoon regarding Beard’s arrest: “At 12 Vista Lane. The caller reported that the disturbance had stopped and one of the people had left the house. APD officers responded and located a woman who said she was attacked and strangled by Christopher Michael Beard. Beard was sent to the Travis County Jail. He is charged with assault by strangulation/asphyxia – domestic violence, a third-degree felony.”

Beard, who remains in police custody, went before a magistrate in Austin County Court Monday afternoon and had his bail set at $10,000, according to official court records.

The No. 7 Longhorns will take on Rice at home on Monday at 8 p.m. ET.

“The university is aware of the situation regarding Chris Beard,” a Texas spokesman said in a statement. “We continue to collect information and monitor the legal process.”

Texas has yet to make a statement about who will coach the team Monday night.

Texas poached Beard from Big 12 rival Texas Tech in 2021. With the Red Raiders and during his brief stint at Little Rock, Beard shot into the upper echelons of the coaching ranks as one of the sport’s rising stars. Beard went 30-5 in one season at Little Rock and advanced to the NCAA tournament before spending five seasons at Texas Tech, where he went 112-55 and fought for the 2019 national championship.

A former Longhorns team manager under Tom Penders, Beard got off to a flying start at his alma mater. Texas reached the NCAA tournament, winning 22 games in its freshman season. Texas is 7-1 to start the 2022-23 campaign after climbing to No. 2 in the AP Top 25.

CBS Sports will update this breaking news as more information becomes available.

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