Big payday for Beard after Texas Tech's run to title game

Texas Tech coach Chris Beard, left, talks about Jarrett Culver, right, who declared to enter the NBA basketball draft during a news conference, Thursday, April 18, 2019, in Lubbock, Texas. (Brad Tollefson/Lubbock Avalanche-Journal via AP)
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LUBBOCK, Texas (AP) -- Texas Tech men's basketball coach Chris Beard has signed a new contract with an average annual salary of $4.575 million through the 2024-25 season after leading the Red Raiders to their first national championship game.
The deal was announced Monday, three weeks after the Big 12 co-champions lost in overtime to Virginia in the national title game.
It is the second year in a row that Beard, the AP national coach of the year, has been rewarded with a new contract. The Red Raiders won a school-record 31 games this season, a year after going to the NCAA Elite Eight for the first time.
Beard has a 76-31 record in three seasons as head coach of the Red Raiders.
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