Texas Tech legend Patrick Mahomes spoke for every Red Raiders fan regarding the news that Chris Beard was leaving Lubbock for Austin.
Patrick Mahomes essentially spoke for every Texas Tech Red Raiders fan when the news broke that head coach Chris Beard would be leaving for the Texas Longhorns.
The Red Raiders had been one of the most successful college basketball programs under Beard’s stewardship, including a trip to the Elite Eight in his second season and a berth in the national championship the following year.
Mahomes was obviously hurt by the news that Beard would be leaving to coach an in-state rival.
A single image captured his and ever Red Raider fans’ feelings on the ordeal.
Patrick Mahomes has perfect reaction to Texas hiring Chris Beard
How could Red Raiders fans, including Mahomes, not be upset at this news? In the year prior to Beard’s arrival, Tubby Smith had guided the team to an NCAA tournament and lost to Butler before he departed for Memphis, leaving a big hole that Beard filled admirably.
Additionally, Mahomes was at the Final Four the year Beard and Texas Tech advanced and was close to the action, cheering on his alma mater in their quest for a title.
Who replaces Beard at the helm is a question that will soon be answered. For now, the fans in Lubbock, including one of their greatest athletes, have to deal with the fact that a beloved coach not only left but left for a conference opponent and an in-state rival.