There hasn’t been a whole lot of news on the AD search front, but Friday we got some news most people were not hoping for. Steve Orsini, a captain of the 1977 Notre Dame National Championship team, will be staying at SMU and will not be the next athletic director for the Irish.
From the SMU press release:
“I am pleased to announced that Steve Orsini will remain at SMU as Director of Athletics,” SMU president Dr. R. Gerald Turner said in a statement. “I met with Steve today and reiterated my desire for him to stay. I am delighted that he has decided to continue to lead our athletic programs. Steve has created a sense of excitement here, and I anticipate many more achievements under his leadership.”
An ESPN article said that Orsini “turned down” a Notre Dame offer, but there hasn’t been anything reported that he was indeed offered the position. Still, he was widely considered to be the top candidate to fulfill the vacated athletic director role for the Irish.