Who could Texas hire to replace fired men’s basketball coach Chris Beard?

Texas fired its men’s basketball coach, Chris Beard, on Thursday, but the university won’t hire his replacement until after the season.

The dynamic could change dramatically between now and then, but here are some possibilities for the Longhorns’ new coach.

Eric Musselman, Arkansas coach

Arkansas coach Eric Musselman reacts to a call against Missouri during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023, in Fayetteville, Ark. (Michael Woods / ASSOCIATED PRESS)

The fiery Musselman was viewed as a backup plan when Beard was hired in April 2021. A former NBA head coach, Musselman has guided Arkansas to back-to-back Elite Eight appearances and plays an aggressive, up-tempo style. He reportedly has a $2 million through 2023-24.

Royal Ivey, Brooklyn Nets assistant

A former Texas player under Rick Barnes, Ivey is now in his third season as a Nets assistant. He too was mentioned as an option before Beard was hired. At 40, he’s viewed as a rising star and also a good developer of young talent. But he lacks head coaching experience.

Rodney Terry, Texas acting coach

Texas acting head coach Rodney Terry gestures to his team during the second half of an NCAA...
Texas acting head coach Rodney Terry gestures to his team during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Stanford Sunday, Dec. 18, 2022, in Dallas. Texas won 72-62. (Jeffrey McWhorter / ASSOCIATED PRESS)

If Texas goes on a run to the Sweet 16 or beyond, then Terry, the acting coach for the remainder of the season, could easily put himself in the picture. He has 10 years of head coaching experience at Fresno State and UTEP and was a key part of Texas’ rise under Rick Barnes as an assistant.

Nate Oats, Alabama coach

Alabama head coach Nate Oats reacts to an Alabama turnover during the second half of an NCAA...
Alabama head coach Nate Oats reacts to an Alabama turnover during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Jackson State, Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2022, in Tuscaloosa, Ala. (Vasha Hunt / ASSOCIATED PRESS)

In four seasons, he’s made ‘Bama basketball relevant — during football season, which is a pretty impressive achievement. Oats was given a six-year, $19.4 million contract extension in 2021 that includes a $9.8 million buyout this season.

Tommy Lloyd, Arizona coach

Arizona head coach Tommy Lloyd shouts out instructions to his team during the first half of...
Arizona head coach Tommy Lloyd shouts out instructions to his team during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Arizona State, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2022, in Tempe, Ariz.(Darryl Webb / ASSOCIATED PRESS)

The former Gonzaga assistant got off to a fast start, taking Arizona to a 33-4 record and the Sweet 16 in 2021-22. He would reportedly owe a $5 million buyout if he left before the end of this season. Arizona is also considered a quality basketball school that recently survived FBI and NCAA investigations with very little penalties.

Chris Jans, Mississippi State

Consider Jans a play on a rapidly rising coaching star. He took New Mexico State to three NCAA Tournaments and now has Mississippi State in the Top 25 in his first season.

Jamie Dixon, TCU

TCU coach Jamie Dixon gestures during the first half of the team's NCAA college basketball...
TCU coach Jamie Dixon gestures during the first half of the team’s NCAA college basketball game against Baylor in Waco, Texas, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023. (LM Otero / ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte has already hired Dixon once bringing him home to his alma mater in 2016 from Pitt. Dixon struggled from 2019-21 but took TCU to the second round this past season and nearly upset Arizona. If he takes TCU on a long NCAA run, he could move up Texas’ list.

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