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Ga. Tech hires new athletics director
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ATLANTA -- Longtime Xavier athletics director Mike Bobinski is headed to Georgia Tech, a person briefed on the decision told USA TODAY Sports on Wednesday. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the announcement has not been made public yet.

Calls to Bobinski on Wednesday morning were not immediately returned.

Georgia Tech is expected to announce Bobinski as its new athletics director later this week. Paul Griffin has been serving as Georgia Tech's interim athletics director since Dan Radakovich left in October.

Bobinski currently serves as chair of the NCAA Division I men's basketball committee, which is tasked with planning and executing all aspects of this year's NCAA tournament, including selecting and seeding the 68-field team.

Bobinski is in the final year of his five-year term as a member of the committee. Next year's chair will be Wake Forest athletics director Ron Wellman.

Bobinski came to Xavier initially in 1998 as athletics director and remained in that position until joining the development office as an associate vice president from 2004-06. He returned to the athletics department in 2006.

He is responsible for the hirings of current men's basketball coach Chris Mack and former coaches Thad Matta (as head coach) and Sean Miller (as an associate head coach). He also oversaw the opening of the Cintas Center. Matta is now head coach at 11th-ranked Ohio State and Miller is head coach at No. 7 Arizona.

During Bobinski's 12 years as athletics director, the Xavier men's basketball team has averaged 25 wins a season. The Musketeers have made the Sweet 16 four of the last five years, and they reached the Elite Eight in both 2004 and 2008.

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