Chris Beard shocked the college basketball world on Thursday with the news that he was going to Austin, Texas to take over as the next head coach of the Texas Longhorns. He then made a surprising reveal during his introductory press conference that he and Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte finalized a deal in three hours inside of a hotel room while having McDonald’s breakfast.
According to Kirk Bohls of the Austin American-Statesman, Del Conte had an Egg McMuffin and a coffee. Beard had an ice tea.
“I like Planview,” Beard said, according to Brian Davis of the Austin American-Statesman. “I didn’t have a chance to show Chris around. There’s much more than the McDonald’s in Plainview, I promise you.”
It might not sound all that luxurious for such a big deal to get settled over a fast food meal, but for Beard, it was kind of fitting. In previous press conferences, Beard has raved about his love of one fast food joint in particular, but it wasn’t McDonald’s. Instead, Beard has been a noted advocate for Whataburger.
The Texas-based fast food restaurant is one of the more popular establishments in the country and is starting to expand to new regions, with locations in Colorado, Kansas and Missouri set to open in the future. In March of 2018, Beard gave a lengthy answer about his love for Whataburger.