Stop us if you’ve heard this one before but an SEC school is meeting with a head coach who has a controversial past to see about taking over their program.
This time it’s former Texas Longhorns men’s basketball coach Chris Beard, who is reportedly meeting with the Ole Miss Rebels about the team’s head coaching vacancy.
The Rebels are in search of a new program leader after head coach Kermit Davis on February 24. Ole Miss went 11-20 with a 3-15 conference record this season and only went to one NCAA Tournament in Davis’s four seasons at the helm.
The news of Beard’s meeting was first reported by On3.com.
Beard was fired by Texas on January 5 after he was arrested on third-degree felony assault charges and allegations of domestic violence. Those charges were dropped on February 15 and Beard was clear to begin rebuilding his reputation and attempting to find new employment as a head coach elsewhere.
While the charges were dropped, there will still be a lot of questions looming around Beard and any program that hires him. Of course, as we’ve seen with Auburn’s Hugh Freeze and Bruce Pearl hirings and Texas A&M’s recent Bobby Petrino hiring, SEC schools don’t have too much of an issue navigating those waters if they think the coach will lead them to wins and championships.