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SMU Dismisses Athletic Director Steve Orsini "Effective Immediately"

SMU Dismisses Athletic Director Steve Orsini Thursday afternoon.

DALLAS - SEPTEMBER 24:  Fans of the SMU Mustangs wave a flag during play against the TCU Horned Frogs at Gerald J. Ford Stadium on September 24 2010 in Dallas Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
DALLAS - SEPTEMBER 24: Fans of the SMU Mustangs wave a flag during play against the TCU Horned Frogs at Gerald J. Ford Stadium on September 24 2010 in Dallas Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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In a news release Thursday afternoon Southern Methodist University announced that Athletic Director Steve Orsini had been dismissed "effective immediately".

University President R. Gerald Turner spoke briefly on the matter:

Orsini has served as SMU Athletic Director for the past six years. A nationwide search for a new Athletic Director will begin immediately according to President Turner. No other details have been given regarding this matter. No speculation has risen that this is in any way related to the recent Larry Brown hiring for the basketball program.

For more information on this matter, stay tuned to SBNation Dallas.

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