The 10-member committee consists of athletics directors and commissioners of Division I member institutions and conferences and oversees administration of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship, including the selection, seeding and bracketing of teams for the tournament. The committee is the primary NCAA contact with CBS Sports, the National Association of Basketball Coaches, and other key basketball organizations. Committee members oversee selected preliminary round sites, as well as the Final Four, and assign officiating crews for each game of the championship. The committee also serves as stewards for the good of the game, monitoring and taking action as appropriate regarding issues affecting college basketball.
Orsini began his tenure as the Director of Athletics at SMU on June 1, 2006, and has transformed SMU Athletics. In January 2008, Orsini brought a new spark to the SMU football program, hiring former National Coach of the Year June Jones to lead the Mustangs, and that spark turned into a fire in 2009, as Jones and the Mustangs snapped a 25-year bowl drought and claimed a Sheraton Hawaii Bowl Championship and a share of the Conference USA Western Division Championship. SMU finished the season 8-5, making the largest turnaround in the nation in 2009 (+7 wins).
Orsini even made an immediate impact by hiring 2001 Associated Press National Coach of the Year Matt Doherty to lead the Mustang men's basketball program even before his first "official" day on the job. With Jones at Doherty, SMU is one of just seven schools nationally to have National Coaches of the Year at the helms of both its football and men's basketball programs.
Orsini came to SMU from the University of Central Florida, where he served as A.D. from 2002-2006. Prior to his appointment at UCF, Orsini spent three years as senior associate director of athletics for the Georgia Tech Athletic Association. Orsini joined the Georgia Tech staff after five years as the Associate Athletics Director and Treasurer at the U.S. Naval Academy Athletic Association and also spent 10 years in administration with the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League.
A native of Hummelstown, Pa., Orsini graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1978 with a degree in Business Administration, majoring in accounting. He was a three-time letter winner at fullback on the Fighting Irish football team and was one of four team captains on the 1977 national championship squad.
Orsini is married to the former Amy Kertesz of South Bend, Ind., and the couple has a daughter, Angela.