The moment Purdue athletic fans have been waiting for for years is finally here — the replacement for Morgan Burke is upon us all. According to a report from the Atlanta Journal Constitution, said replacement will be Georgia Tech athletic director Mike Bobinski.
It’s an interesting hire, as Bobinski has been in charge of the Yellowjackets program since January of 2013 and has looked to achieve a long-term vision for the once-proud overall program. After suffering through the Brian Gregory era in basketball, Bobinski saw through the hiring of former Memphis head coach Josh Pastner to lead that program back in May.
He also has completed a long-term strategic plan for the overall athletic department and has upped the giving to the department as well.
Those are good signs for a program in Purdue that needs both a long-term vision and an AD willing to make a splash hire at a key position within its program. It appears Bobinski will have to make a hire as football head coach Darrell Hazell hasn’t produced a winning season in his tenure at Purdue and many believe any new AD would like to have his own coach in place to reset the most visible part of the athletic department.
However, Bobinski also is an interesting hire as he is a Notre Dame graduate and you know — rivalry.
Prior to his last stop at GT, he had been at Xavier for 15 years and was also AD at Akron before his two terms as AD of the Musketeers.
While some were hoping for a high-profile football-centric AD, Bobinski’s understanding of the Midwest and what it takes to make an overall athletic department strong as a whole it could be the perfect fit.
It’s unclear how exactly the transition will happen, but Burke has been more than willing to step aside and let the new AD take control as he slides off to retirement in July of this upcoming year.