No team in the country has had a crazier NCAA basketball season than the Texas Longhorns.
The Horns came into the country with sky-high expectations under third-year head coach Chris Beard and with a slew of new transfer talent.
Texas began the year ranked No. 12 in the nation in the AP Poll and quickly saw that ranking rise all the way to No. 2 after a 6-0 start to the season.
But that’s when things took a turn for the worse
Beard was arrested on Dec. 12 for a domestic incident with his fiancee.
The police reported stated that Beard’s fiancee alleged that he choked her, bit her and left bruises all over his leg. The Longhorns parted ways with Beard shortly thereafter.
Beard’s fiancee later opted not to pursue charges and he’s since taken a new job with Ole Miss.
But where’s that leave Texas?
Well, in the (apparently capable) hands of assistant Rodney Terry. Terry made previous career stops as the head coach at both Fresno State and UTEP, to mixed results.
But after a brief stumble following the Beard incident, he got the Longhorns rolling again. They finished the regular season with a 26-8 record and the Longhorns earned a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
They then reached the Elite 8 before falling to Miami over the weekend.
Texas To Offer Rodney Terry Head Coaching Job
That left Texas with a choice to make. Do they move forward with a head coaching search, or do they offer Terry the job?
We got our answer on Sunday night according to Chip Brown of Horns247.
BREAKING: #Texas to offer #Longhorns head basketball coaching job to Rodney Terry. https://t.co/xsX1pvaaJH pic.twitter.com/ZrK7SYnf6a
— Horns247 (@Horns247) March 27, 2023
“Rodney Terry, who led Texas to a Big 12 Tournament title and the Elite Eight after taking over for dismissed head coach Chris Beard, will be offered the Longhorns’ permanent head-coaching position, a high-level university source told Horns247 Sunday night,” Brown reported.
The report added that an announcement could come as early as Tuesday.
Given Terry’s emotional press conference falling Texas’ Elite 8 loss, it’s hard to see him turning down the offer.
“I’m gonna love them for the rest of their lives.” 🥺
Rodney Terry gets emotional reflecting on how much this @TexasMBB team means to him ❤️ #MarchMadness pic.twitter.com/0e3XkCYrkp
— NCAA March Madness (@MarchMadnessMBB) March 27, 2023
And given the way he cleaned up an ugly situation, it’s hard to argue there’s anyone more deserving.