DALLAS (AP) -SMU coach Phil Bennett was fired Sunday, a day after the Mustangs lost 29-23 at Tulsa and were eliminated from bowl contention.
Bennett, who is 18-48 in six seasons, will finish out the season, athletic director Steve Orsini said.
``I appreciate Phil's efforts here at SMU, but I felt it was time for a change,'' Orsini said in a statement.
The Mustangs are 1-7 with four games remaining. They play at Houston on Sunday.
Bennett was reportedly close to losing his job after the 2005 season, but won the last three to finish 5-6. SMU was 6-6 last season.

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