Purdue hires Georgia Tech's Mike Bobinski as next athletic director
Purdue found a worthy replacement for the B1G’s longest-tenured athletic director.
The Boilermakers announced on Tuesday morning that they hired Georgia Tech athletic director Mike Bobinski to take over for Morgan Burke at the end of the 2016-17 school year.
Burke, who has been Purdue’s AD since 1993, announced that he would be retiring in June 2017.
Bobinski had been at Georgia Tech since January of 2013, but he has Midwest roots. He got his start in athletic administration at Notre Dame, where he also graduated from, back in 1984. That was followed by stops at Akron and Xavier, where he was an AD for 12 years.
Bobinski’s biggest splash at Georgia Tech came just a few months ago when he fired men’s basketball coach Brian Gregory and surprisingly lured Memphis coach Josh Pastner.
During Bobinski’s three seasons at Georgia Tech, the football program was up and down. The Yellow Jackets won 11 games and won the Orange Bowl in 2014, but that was followed by a 3-9 season in 2015.
Purdue football coach Darrell Hazell is entering his fourth season with a 6-30 overall record (2-22 in B1G). There’s serious speculation that 2016 will be a make-or-break year for his future. With a new AD in place before the start of the season, Bobinski could make that decision well before Burke’s time officially runs out in June.
That, above all else, explains why the Boilers hired an athletic director 10 months before he’ll officially start.
Mitch Daniels on Mike Bobinski: “One competitive SOB and he would fit us” at #Purdue
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