FAYETTEVILLE – The search for the next basketball coach at the University of Arkansas could probably be extended until next week.
This is because a main goal is still to train their team, and they are not the finalists of NIT Shaka Smart (Texas) or Casey Alexander (Lipscomb).
Arkansas Athletic Director Hunter Yurachek wants to talk to Texas Tech coach Chris Beard, who led the Red Raiders to their first appearance in the NCAA Final Four and a showdown against Michigan State on Saturday, sources said. but any conversation will have to be Wait until the team season ends.
It's debatable whether Beard would leave Texas Tech for Arkansas or any other job considering he has a 57-16 record in the last two seasons with the Red Raiders.
But Arkansas officials hope to at least measure Beard's interest and make him an offer to return to the state to train the Razorbacks.
Beard, 46, spent the 2015-16 season as coach of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and led the Trojans to a record of 30-5, regular season championships and Sun Belt Conference championships and an appearance at the NCAA Tournament, where they beat Purdue before. losing to the state of Iowa.
During the Red Raiders' Elite Eight race last season, Beard signed a six-year, $ 19 million contract that is paying him $ 2.8 million this season, and the contract will gradually increase to $ 3.3 million through the 2023 season. 24
The contract has a current purchase of around $ 6 million if Beard leaves after this season.
Kirby Hocutt, director of Texas Tech Athletic, told the Dallas Morning News On Wednesday he is ready to update Beard's contract after this season.
"It would be my intention to have that conversation on Tuesday or Wednesday," Hocutt said. "And Chris and I have talked about this."
Hocutt said talks between him and Beard about a new contract began in late February.
"I would say that out of our focus and the focus and commitment of coach Beard with this team and this season, we decided to press the pause button until the season ends," Hocutt said. Morning news.
Texas Tech began construction of a $ 30 million practice center, and Hocutt said he believes in the school's ability to continue investing in its basketball program and keep Beard.
"I'm extremely confident that Texas Tech is a great basketball job," said Hocutt. "I am extremely confident that we have the right coach, one of the best coaches in the country who runs our program at this time."
Sports on 04/04/2019