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In the Spotlinght

In the Spotlinght

For one hour on one day, the sports world will have its eyes focused firmly on Xavier athletic director Mike Bobinski. The leader behind Xavier’s sports programs is becoming the leader behind what is arguably the most important, influential and highest profile committee in all of sports: the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee. In September 2012, Bobinski takes over as chair of the committee, on which he has served for the past three years. By becoming chair, he becomes the man who must face the media and explain why the committee picked certain teams to play in the Tournament and kept other teams out.

Aside from the one-day hotseat and glare of the national spotlight, the appointment is a bright spot for both Xavier as a whole and Bobinski in particular. The 53-year-old Bobinski came to Xavier in 1998 and has helped propel the athletic programs to new heights athletically, particularly men’s basketball. The Musketeers are one of only a dozen schools to make each of the past six NCAA Tournaments. Xavier has advanced to the Elite Eight twice and the Sweet 16 two other times during his tenure.

A 1979 magna cum laude graduate of Notre Dame, Bobinski played baseball for the Irish while earning a degree in business administration. He worked in public accounting and for Disney before being hired as the associate business manager at his alma mater in 1984. He later served as the associate director of athletics at the United States Naval Academy and as athletics director at Akron before coming to Xavier.

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