Mississippi head coach Chris Beard shouts instructions to his team...

Mississippi head coach Chris Beard shouts instructions to his team during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game against Alabama, Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2024, in Oxford, Miss. Mississippi coach Chris Beard has agreed to a new contract after a debut season when he won his first 13 games to earn a national ranking. Keith Carter, the Ole Miss vice chancellor for intercollegiate athletics, announced the new deal on Wednesday, March 13, 2024. Credit: AP/Rogelio V. Solis

OXFORD, Miss. — Mississippi coach Chris Beard has agreed to a new contract amid a debut season when he won his first 13 games.

Keith Carter, the Ole Miss vice chancellor for intercollegiate athletics, announced the new deal on Wednesday, the one-year anniversary of Beard's hiring. The school did not release details of the contract.

Beard received a four-year deal with the Rebels and was scheduled to make $3.35 million next season. State law limits contracts to a maximum of four years.

The 10th-seeded Rebels are 20-11 entering the Southeastern Conference Tournament, their first 20-win season in five years. They'll face No. 7 seed Texas A&M on Thursday night in Nashville, Tennessee.

“We are just getting started,” Beard said in a statement.

Ole Miss matched the program record with a 13-0 start and entered SEC play with a No. 19 ranking. The Rebels finished 7-11 in regular-season league games.

“The future of Ole Miss Basketball could not be brighter under Coach Beard’s leadership,” Carter said in a statement. “His impact on every facet of our program was immediately apparent, and it has translated to a new standard of success and a culture that is building every day.

Mississippi head coach Chris Beard, center, is surrounded by his...

Mississippi head coach Chris Beard, center, is surrounded by his coaches during a timeout in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Missouri, Saturday, March 2, 2024, in Columbia, Mo. Credit: AP/L.G. Patterson

"He has galvanized Rebel Nation, and particularly our student body, and created a newfound passion for men’s basketball that is felt throughout the entire Ole Miss community.”

Beard is a four-time conference coach of the year and was AP’s national coach of the year in 2019.

His two-year tenure at alma mater Texas ended abruptly in January 2023 following a domestic violence arrest. Felony domestic charges were ultimately dismissed and a prosecutor said his office determined that the charge of assault by strangulation/suffocation-family violence could not be proven beyond a reasonable doubt.

Beard was arrested when his fiancée, Randi Trew, called 911 and told officers that Beard strangled, bit and hit her during a confrontation in his home. She later said that Beard didn’t choke her, and was defending himself, and that she never intended for Beard to be arrested and prosecuted.

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