Friday , Feb , 27 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

SMU fires Mike Dement

Dallas, TX (Sports Network) – Southern Methodist has fired head basketball
coach Mike Dement, who was in his ninth year with the school.

The Mustangs are suffering through a 10-15 campaign, including a 4-11 mark in
the Western Athletic Conference. It will be the school’s first losing season
since 1995-96, Dement’s first year at the helm.

Assistant Robert Lineburg will take over for the remainder of the season.

Dement posted a record of 138-120 with SMU and led the Mustangs to just one
post-season appearance — a 2000 NIT bid. He had one year remaining on his
contract.

“I appreciate Mike’s efforts while here at SMU,” said athletic director Jim
Copeland. “He has represented the university with class, led us to some solid
seasons and has graduated his student-athletes at one of the highest rates in
the nation.”

Copeland said a search for a full-time replacement will begin immediately.

The Mustangs set a school record with their seventh straight 15-plus win
season last year, but have struggled in 2003-04. They have lost eight of their
last 10, including three in a row.

The 49-year-old Dement has a career record of 260-243 in 18 seasons. He began
his head coaching career in 1986-87 with Cornell and spent five years with the
Big Red, then moved on to North Carolina-Greensboro for four seasons before
taking over at SMU.

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