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Ole Miss 'Extensively' Vetting Hiring of Fired Longhorns Coach Chris Beard

It appears as though former Texas Longhorns Chris Beard won't have to wait very long for find his next landing spot.

It looks like fired Texas Longhorns head men's basketball coach Chris Beard could be heading to the SEC after all.

According to reports, the Ole Miss Rebels, who recently fired their own head coach Kermit Davis, are 'vetting Beard extensively'.

Beard was fired by the Longhorns in January after being arrested and charged with third-degree felony assault, stemming from an incident with his fiance. 

Those chargers were later dropped by Travis Country District Attorney Jose Garza, thrusting Beard, rightly or wrongly, back into the conversation for job openings across the country.

And upon the firing of Davis at Ole Miss, Beard's name was immediately at the forefront of speculation.

Now, it appears that Beard is one of the two main candidates in Oxford, alongside Florida Atlantic's Dusty May.

Beard, 49, was in his second season as the head coach of the Longhorns and had led Texas to a 29-13 record.

Before his firing, Beard had the Longhorns sitting at 7-1 overall and ranked as the No. 6 team in the country.

Since Beard's departure, Rodney Terry has stepped in as acting head coach and led the No. 9 ranked Longhorns to a 15-6 overall record.

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