In a Tuesday morning surprise, Purdue announced Georgia Tech athletic director Mike Bobinski is leaving Georgia Tech for the same position with the Boilermakers. Bobinski will replace the retiring Morgan Burke.
Welcome the new leader of the Boilermakers!
— Purdue Athletics (@PurdueSports) August 9, 2016
Before going to Georgia Tech, Bobinski was Xavier’s athletic director for 12 years. The Notre Dame graduate oversaw success on the basketball court, with the Musketeers hiring Chris Mack and Thad Matta (now at Ohio State) as head coaches.
Bobinski has more strong basketball ties from his time as chair of the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee during the 2012-13 season. Atlanta held that season’s Final Four.
At Georgia Tech, football coach Paul Johnson recently voiced his concerns over the program being “way behind” other ACC schools with facilities and staffing, according to Ken Sugiura of the AJC. Locker-room renovation plans have been drawn up, but there have been funding issues.
But on the basketball court, Bobinski brought in a big name to turn around the basketball program. The Yellow Jackets hired former Memphis coach Josh Pastner to replace Brian Gregory.
Bobinski will replace Burke, who has been Purdue’s athletic director since 1993. Burke’s contract expires June 30, 2017.