This has already been a successful week for Chris Beard and staff with the roster beginning to take shape. The return of Andrew Jones and the additions of All-Pac-12 First Team forward Timmy Allen and former top 40 prospect and Kentucky combo guard Devin Askew are great developments for Beard in his first month in Austin.
Right now, the University of Texas is funding, staffing, and resourcing its revenue sports in a coherent, considered, and rational way. It’s long overdue. It’s an attempt to shape and define the market rather than just react to it. An attitude we’ll be very pleased to have cultivated when conference realignment comes along.
While the head men’s basketball coach at Texas Tech, Chris Beard took the Red Raider program to heights it had never experienced. Not even legendary coach Bob Knight, for whom Beard was an assistant from 2001-08, could win the Big 12 regular season title in Lubbock.
Chris Beard developed a multi-faceted recruiting strategy in his five seasons at Texas Tech, crafting rosters with blue-chip and underrated high school prospects in addition to several transfers. With a one-time transfer exception pending approval by the NCAA D1 Council, and the state of flux the Longhorn roster finds itself in, Beard will need to showcase his roster building abilities as one of his first acts leading the Longhorn program.