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Texas makes Terry full-time head coach

Associated Press

Texas has named Rodney Terry head basketball coach, removing the interim tag after he led the Longhorns to the Elite Eight following the midseason firing of Chris Beard.

The announcement came barely 24 hours after the Longhorns' season ended when Texas was knocked out of the NCAA Tournament by Miami on Sunday. Financial terms and years of the agreement were not immediately available.

Rewarding Terry with the promotion was no surprise.

He took over the Longhorns as acting head coach when Beard was first suspended on Dec. 12 after a felony domestic violence arrest. Terry was then given the title of interim head coach when Beard was fired Jan. 5. The charge against Beard was dismissed in February.

Texas won the Big 12 Tournament championship under Terry and questions about his future with the program were amplified as the Longhorns kept winning in the postseason. Texas fans wondered what more he needed to prove and Longhorns players publicly advocated for him to get the job.

"It was all about this team. I've enjoyed every single day of this journey with this group," Terry said in Sunday's postgame news conference as his voice cracked and he held back tears. "It was never about me. It was always about these guys. I love these guys."

Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte had praised Terry's job handling the team in crisis and gave him a raise, though only through April. He'd also noted Terry inherited a veteran, senior-heavy roster and strong staff of assistants built by Beard.

That lineup could have disintegrated into chaos after Beard's arrest. Instead, the Longhorns finished second in the Big 12 in the regular season and earned a No. 2-seed in the NCAA Tournament.

Texas went 22-8 under Terry, and he march to the Elite Eight was the program's first time beyond the NCAA Tournament's first weekend in 15 years.

Terry, 54, had a previous stint as an assistant at Texas under Rick Barnes from 2002-2011. He also was head coach at Fresno State and UTEP. He left UTEP after three seasons to join Beard's staff in 2022. He is 185-164 as a head coach.

Former Texas player T.J. Ford, who led the Longhorns to 2003 Final Four and was that season's Naismith national player of the year, praised the move to keep Terry.

"I'm very excited that the right decision was made to continue this great culture," Ford tweeted.

March 27, 2023