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March Madness: Texas hires interim head coach Rodney Terry full-time after Elite 8 run

By Alastair Talbot For Dailymail.Com,


Texas has reached an agreement with Rodney Terry to be the Longhorns' full-time head basketball coach, taking the interim tag off his title after he led the program to the Elite Eight of the 2023 NCAA Tournament.

Terry's promotion follows the midseason firing of Chris Beard, who was named as Mississippi's new head coach in March, nearly two months after being fired by Texas for a felony domestic violence arrest .

The Longhorns ended their March Madness run on Sunday after being knocked out by Miami, 88-81, concluding the program's longest postseason run since 2008.

Financial terms of Monday's agreement were not immediately available although Terry's expected to earn an amount close to Beard's base salary of $2million.

Since taking over on January 5, Terry and Texas have gone on to win the Big 12 Tournament Championship. Questions about the 55-year-old's future with the team were amplified as the Longhorns kept winning in the postseason.

Texas fans wondered what more he needed to prove and Longhorns players publicly advocated for Terry after he led the team to an overall 29-9 record. Following Beard's midseason departure, Texas was 7-1 when Terry took over on a temporary basis.

On Sunday, after the team's March Madness exit, Terry appeared emotional when asked about his wish to become the full-time, head coach of the Longhorns.

'I haven't really had a lot of time to give a lot of thought to that, to be honest,' he said. '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 firstborn.

'It was all about this team, man, and I enjoyed every single day of this journey with this group. I'm going to really miss -- I'm going to really miss working with this group. It was never about me. It was always about these guys. I love these guys.'

Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte had praised Terry's job handling the team in crisis and gave him a raise, though only through April.

He'd also noted Terry inherited a veteran roster and strong staff of assistants built by Beard.

Hired as an assistant at Texas under Rick Barnes from 2002-11, Terry landed his first head coaching job at collegiate level at Fresno State, where he spent seven seasons, before being hired by UTEP in 2018, where he coached until 2021.

Between the three schools, Terry has a combined record of 185-164 and two NCAA Tournament appearances.

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