Texas Tech has no intention of losing basketball coach Chris Beard.
The 46-year-old led Tech to its first national championship appearance this year and has gotten the team to the Elite Eight in each of the last two seasons during his first three years with the program.
With that success, however, speculation is starting to fly that UCLA could shift its focus to hiring Beard as its next coach after failing to get TCU's Jamie Dixon and Tennessee's Rick Barnes. Speculate as one might, though, the Red Raiders have every intention of keeping their head coach.
“This is the position you want to be in,” Texas Tech athletics director Kirby Hocutt said on Monday after the Red Raiders' 85-77 overtime loss to Virginia in the national championship game, via Yahoo Sports. “You have one of the top, if not the top coach in the country. He’s ours and we’re going to continue to do all we can to continue to make Lubbock the only home for him and his family.”
Beard is the quintessential coach for Lubbock, Texas. First of all, he's from the state and knows how to recruit it. Second, he coached at the Division II level there. Third, he's a little quirky. And fourth, he's a lover of Whataburger. There's no better fit for the West Texas town.