Casey Alexander hired as men’s basketball head coach

Casey Alexander hired as men’s basketball head coach

Former Lipscomb men’s basketball head coach Casey Alexander will replace Rick Byrd as Belmont’s new men’s basketball coach. Athletic Director Scott Corley announced Alexander’s hiring on Wednesday morning, only a week and a half after Byrd announced his retirement. Alexander is the 10th head coach in program history. Alexander, who […]

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What Rick Byrd means to me

What Rick Byrd means to me

No headphones walking in and out of locker rooms. No phones at the dinner table. No flashy attire. In a world filled with Russell Westbrooks and Ja Morants, why would any player qualified to play in Division I want to come to Rick Byrd’s strict program? Because Byrd could do […]

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Mayor David Briley declares Friday ‘Rick Byrd Day’

Mayor David Briley declares Friday ‘Rick Byrd Day’

Nashville Mayor David Briley has declared Friday, April 5 “Rick Byrd Day,” in honor of Belmont’s men’s basketball head coach who announced his retirement Monday. “I, David Briley, 8th Mayor the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County, do hereby proclaim Friday, April, 5, 2019, as Rick Byrd Day,” Briley […]

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Rick Byrd, in‘vest’ed in Belmont

Rick Byrd, in‘vest’ed in Belmont

Coaches aren’t always remembered for what they wear, but there are a few who stand out. Bear Bryant has the fedora. Bill Belichick has the sleeveless hoodie. But the sweater vest? The sweater vest belongs to Rick Byrd. Former Belmont basketball assistant coach Tom Robinson thinks the inspiration for the […]

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Speculation over Byrd’s replacement grows post retirement

Speculation over Byrd’s replacement grows post retirement

With Rick Byrd announcing his retirement after 33 years as head coach of Belmont’s men’s basketball team, speculation has already begun as to who might become his replacement. With Athletic Director Scott Corley saying a search for Byrd’s replacement will start immediately, eager fans and media professionals are already predicting […]

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Rick Byrd retiring with family in mind

Rick Byrd retiring with family in mind

Grant. He’s the 6-month-old who let out a wail during the post-game press conference of his grandfather’s biggest career win. Rick Byrd — amidst all the questions from reporters and snapping of camera shutters — stopped listening just to catch another look at Grant in his mother’s arms. Grant will […]

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Rick Byrd addresses retirement announcement at press conference

Rick Byrd addresses retirement announcement at press conference

At a press conference on Monday, Rick Byrd answered the media’s questions on his retirement announcement. – Video production by Cole Abshier and Abigail Bowen. Featured image by Carina Eudy. Contributing reporting by Steven Boero, Joe Bendekovic, Abigail Bowen, Cole Abshier, Carina Eudy, Gabby Smedley and Laura Privott. 

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Rick Byrd: more than just a coach

Rick Byrd: more than just a coach

Rick Byrd and his Bruins have touched many students on Belmont’s campus. Here are just a few. Alexander Roth, sophomore audio engineering technology major “He served Belmont well. It’s been 33 years. I can’t think of anyone else that’s been in their job for 33 years. Good on him.” Dev […]

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Belmont basketball head coach Rick Byrd announces retirement

Belmont basketball head coach Rick Byrd announces retirement

After 33 years as head coach of the Belmont men’s basketball team, Rick Byrd announced his retirement on Monday morning. “It has been my privilege to work with, and for, a remarkable community of men and women at Belmont University,” Byrd said in a press release. The announcement follows the […]

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Men’s basketball wins first ever NCAA Tournament game against Temple University

Men’s basketball wins first ever NCAA Tournament game against Temple University

Kevin McClain and Nick Muszynski led the men’s basketball team to its first ever NCAA Tournament win with a heart-stopping 81-70 defeat over Temple University on Tuesday night in Dayton, Ohio. “This is a historic night for Belmont University and our basketball program,” said head coach Rick Byrd in the […]

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Coach Byrd earns 800th career win with men’s basketball’s victory over Eastern Illinois

Coach Byrd earns 800th career win with men’s basketball’s victory over Eastern Illinois

With the Belmont men’s basketball team’s 99-58 victory over Eastern Illinois University on Thursday night, head coach Rick Byrd reached another milestone, picking up his 800th career win. Still, Byrd isn’t concerned about his personal triumphs. His focus continues to be on the players he works with everyday. “I think […]

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Men’s basketball coach Rick Byrd moves to 15th in career wins

Men’s basketball coach Rick Byrd moves to 15th in career wins

Belmont men’s basketball coach Rick Byrd grabbed his 773rd career win following Saturday’s victory over Morehead State, placing him 15th on the NCAA career wins list. On Jan. 27 after the men’s victory over SIU Edwardsville, Byrd surpassed former Louisville coach Rick Pitino, who had earned 770 career wins. But […]

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