SMU names Orsini as its new athletic director

DALLAS -- Steve Orsini, the athletic director at Central
Florida, was named the new AD at SMU on Friday.

Orsini will replace Jim Copeland, who announced in February he
will retire in May after more than 11 years with the Mustangs.

"Steve Orsini has the right combination of skills to continue
moving SMU's athletics program forward," said R. Gerald Turner,
SMU president. "In addition to his experience building an
athletics program similar in size to ours, he brings a love of
Dallas and business expertise that will help us build resources and
fan support."

Orsini, 49, was named UCF athletic director in June 2002. During
2004-05, six UCF teams advanced to NCAA play, including the men's
basketball squad, which made its second consecutive trip to the
NCAA Tournament. The football team had its first bowl appearance in

He also initiated plans and secured financing for a new
on-campus football stadium, a softball stadium complex, a rowing
boathouse and a convocation center and arena, all of which are set
to open by fall 2007.

Orsini, who played football at Notre Dame, is a former senior
associate athletic director at Georgia Tech and ticket manager for
the Dallas Cowboys.