Texas interim coach Rodney Terry to be offered permanent job after Longhorns’ run to Elite Eight, per report



Texas interim coach Rodney Terry will be offered the permanent job after guiding the Longhorns to the Elite Eight following the midseason dismissal of Chris Beard, Horns247 reported Sunday, citing a university source. Terry coached the Longhorns to a Big 12 Tournament title and had Texas on the doorstep of its second-ever Final Four before the Longhorns were eliminated by Miami in the Midwest Regional final on Sunday.

Terry, 55, previously coached Fresno State for seven seasons and UTEP for three before joining Beard’s staff for the 2021-22 season. Texas went 22-7 during his interim stint after he was elevated to the position following Beard’s arrest for alleged felony assault in December. Texas fired Beard on Jan. 5, although charges against him were not ultimately pursued.

By offering the job to Terry, Longhorns’ athletic director Chris Del Conte is turning to someone with deep ties to the state who earned the respect of the players on the current roster during a challenging season. Terry is from the Houston suburbs and was an assistant at Texas under Rick Barnes from 2002-11, which encompassed the program’s only Final Four run.

“I haven’t really had a lot of time to give a lot of thought to that, to be honest,” he said after Sunday’s loss. “I’ve been so wrapped up and invested in my team. Again, I love these guys. Not only will I just love these guys for the time I got to coach them, I’ll love them for the rest of their lives. I’ll be at their weddings. I’ll be talking to those guys when they have their first born. It was all about this team, man, and I enjoyed every single day of this journey with this group.”

Texas has one season left in the Big 12 before the program joins the SEC beginning in the 2024-25 season. The Longhorns’ No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament this season was its best since 2008, and its tournament run was also its deepest since 2008.

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