Former Notre Dame back Orsini staying at SMU

Athletic director Steve Orsini is staying at Southern Methodist, the school announced in a statement on Friday.

Orsini was a candidate for the athletic director position at Notre Dame, which was vacated by Kevin White at the end of May. White was named the vice president and athletic director at Duke University.

"I am pleased to announced that Steve Orsini will remain at SMU as Director of Athletics," SMU president Dr. R. Gerald Turner said in the 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."

Orsini was a three-year letterman as a fullback at the University of Notre Dame. He was one of four team captains on the 1977 national championship squad.

Orsini has been the athletics director at SMU since June 1, 2006.

Graham Watson covers college football for ESPN.com. She can be reached at gwatson.espn@gmail.com.