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Texas sack coach Chris Beard after arrest
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Beard was suspended without pay on Dec. 12

Texas men’s basketball coach Chris Beard has been fired nearly a month after he was arrested on a third-degree felony assault charge for allegedly strangling, biting and assaulting his fiancée in their home.

“The University of Texas has parted ways with Chris Beard,” Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte said in a statement.

“This has been a difficult situation that we’ve been diligently working through. Today I informed Mr. Beard of our decision to terminate him effective immediately.”

Beard was suspended without pay on Dec. 12, when he was charged with third-degree felony assault on a female member of his household by impeding the person’s breath circulation.

The arrest affidavit alleged Beard used his forearm to choke the complainant as well as bit her and threw her off a bed.

Beard’s attorney, Perry Minton of Austin, released a statement on Dec. 12.

“Coach Beard is 100 percent innocent of these charges. He should have never been arrested. The complainant wants him released immediately and all charges dismissed. It is truly inconceivable.”