Purdue has hired a replacement for retiring Athletics Director Morgan Burke.
Mike Bobinski comes to West Lafayette from Georgia Tech, where he’s been the athletics director since 2013.
Prior to taking the Georgia Tech job, Bobinski led the athletics departments at Akron and Xavier.
Bobinski attended college at the University of Notre Dame, where he was a pitcher on the baseball team, and says he looks forward to getting back to a Midwestern college town.
Purdue President Mitch Daniels says Bobinski’s pay hasn’t been finalized yet, but says it’ll be in the top 25-percent of all athletic directors nationwide.
Bobinski has told Georgia Tech he’ll be gone by the end of this month and says he hopes to be in West Lafayette for the football team’s season opener against Eastern Kentucky on September 3rd.
That football team will be the biggest challenge facing the new A.D., as attendance as slumped along with the team’s fortunes under current coach Darrell Hazell, whom Morgan Burke signed to a six-year deal and declined to buy out following a three-year span in which the team won just six games.
President Daniels says Bobinski’s contract will have performance incentives in it tied to on-field success by the school’s teams.