The Top 10 of 2016-17: Mike Bobinski's hiring

Brian Neubert, staff
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What an eventful year it was for Purdue's athletic department, with a coaching change in football, a championship and All-American in basketball and so many other important happenings.

But the biggest, and most far-reaching in the short and long terms, was Purdue's hiring of its new athletic director, Mike Bobinski, after nearly a quarter century under former A.D. Morgan Burke.

That in itself — a new direction after so many years — made this particularly significant, but so too did circumstance, considering Purdue's football problem and the moment in history this hire was made in. It came amidst the university as a whole making what might be its greatest investment ever in football and athletics in general, and whoever was hired for this post would be the man to shepherd Purdue through it.

Purdue might be sticking its neck out a bit long term financially, but the investment being made is a big part of this story, and that investment has been plain as day to see in the first few months under Bobinski.

— Brian Neubert


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