Reports of Norv Turner and A.J. Smith Firing "Not True" Per Dean Spanos

Jay BrownContributor IDecember 6, 2012

Nov 1, 2012; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers executive president Dean Spanos (left) puts his arm around head coach Norv Turner before a game against the Kansas City Chiefs at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
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Hold on, Chargers fans—it may look like head coach Norv Turner and general manager A.J. Smith may not be handed their pink slips just yet.

San Diego Chargers president Dean Spanos issued a statement on just moments ago refuting the reports of so-called "sources" regarding the release of Turner and Smith at the end of the season.

According to a press release on the San Diego Chargers website, "There is only one person in this organization who will make those decisions and that’s me, and I haven’t shared my thoughts with anyone."

The statement continued with, "I will make my evaluations at the end of the season.  Anything coming out now – from sources or otherwise – is pure speculation.”

According to an early report from, sources close to Spanos "essentially decided at least a month ago that Turner’s time was drawing to a rapid close."

The article also stated that Spanos "has more recently resigned himself to the fact that Smith can’t be kept in the current environment of plummeting performance and fan unrest."

While the source's intel could be true, Spanos' statement could just be about saving face right now with four games left to go in the 2012 season.

Chargers fans have been calling for the ousting of Turner and Smith for the past few years, and while that report may have signaled a change for the better, it may look like it was too good to be true.

I will keep you posted with any future developments regarding this story.