SMU smart to extend Orsini's contract
Orsini arrived on the Hilltop in 2006 and less than two years later knew he needed to make a football coaching change. The AD has to oversee all sports, but the success of the football program has a trickle-down effect on the rest of the program.
Orsini reached out to famous alums that felt almost forgotten by the school. That started with Eric Dickerson, who told Orsini it was time to hire a football coach with skins on the wall. To do that, Orsini helped generate the funds needed to lure June Jones from Hawaii by creating the Circle of Champions, a group of boosters willing to write checks to help the program.
Orsini's overall legacy may depend on how the rest of the programs pan out -- he hired Matt Doherty as coach of the men's basketball team, and he's still looking for his first winning season in his fifth one at SMU. But hiring Jones was critical to turning things around on the football field. In 2009, SMU went to its first bowl since the Death Penalty and won its division of C-USA in 2010 before losing to Army in the Armed Forces Bowl. The Mustangs finished 2010 at 7-7, but they return nearly the entire team.
So good for SMU. Orsini has things on the right path. Now he'll have an opportunity to continue that into the future.
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