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Texas Tech coach Chris Beard tears ACL

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LUBBOCK, TX - DECEMBER 29: Head coach Chris Beard of the Texas Tech Red Raiders encourages his players during the game against the Baylor Bears on December 29, 2017 at United Supermarket Arena in Lubbock, Texas. Texas Tech defeated Baylor 77-53. (Photo by John Weast/Getty Images)

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Add Texas Tech to the teams dealing with a significant injury heading into the season’s backstretch. It’s just not on the court for the Red Raiders. Well, it is on the court, just on the sidelines.

Coach Chris Beard said Thursday that he tore his ACL in practice last week ahead of the Red Raiders’ loss at Iowa State on Saturday.

The second-year Texas Tech coach admitted to the injury during a teleconference with reporters in which he hoped no one thought him “soft” from the injury.

The injury happened in practice on Friday, but its effects reared its head Saturday at Hilton Coliseum, where Beard’s knee gave out on him during play at one point as he subsequently fell to the ground.

The Red Raiders didn’t beat the Cyclones, but Beard’s injury didn’t hold them up Tuesday against Oklahoma State in a 75-70 Tech win.

‘No pain, no gain’ apparently extends to coaches as well.