SMU Fires Athletic Director Steve Orsini

Former athletic director Steve Orsini has been fired, effective immediately. Photo Credit: bizjournals.com

Only a few weeks after welcoming new head basketball coach Larry Brown, SMU athletic director Steve Orsini has been fired, effective immediately.

Regardless of the part Orsini played in revitalizing the once stellar SMU football program, SMU president R. Gerald Turner said this in a press release about Orsini being removed from the university.

“After several discussions over the last few weeks, it became apparent to me that it was necessary to make this change. While we both are committed to the support of our student-athletes and coaches, a unified effort is required for future progress in our athletics programs.”

The next step is to put senior associate director of athletics for external affairs Tim Leonard in as the interim director and start a national search for a new director.

Hopefully, the move is for the best. But I wonder what the “discussions” Turner and Orsini had were about?

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