Proving that the Big Ten is a non-stop thrill ride of flashy news and major developments, the conference announced that it has a new commissioner to replace Jim Delany, who announced in March that he would retire by June 2020. The new commissioner will be Kevin Warren, currently the Chief Operating Officer for the Minnesota Vikings. He is also the highest-ranking African-American executive in any NFL team.
Aside from currently living in Big Ten country, Warren does not have any ties to the conference. His undergraduate career found him at the University of Pennsylvania and Grand Canyon University, at both of which he played basketball. He has an MBA from Arizona State, and a JD from... Notre Dame.
Delany’s tenure as Big Ten commissioner was long and epic. He began at the post in 1989, and oversaw the creation of the Big Ten Network and the transformation of the conference into a financial juggernaut. He made the fantastic addition of Nebraska to the conference in 2011, and the okay addition of Maryland in 2014. In his less laudable pursuits, he created the hilariously terrible division names of “Legends” and “Leaders” and also let Rutgers into the conference in 2014, where they have proven a perennial embarrassment ever since. But no one is perfect, and Delany overall will leave a powerful legacy in the conference.
The appointment comes as a relief for Northwestern fans, whose Athletic Director Jim Phillips was the media and industry favorite to succeed Delany, but appears to have been content to remain in Evanston.
What do you think? Good hire? Bad hire? Can Warren continue Delany’s legacy of growth? Will he send Rutgers back to the minor leagues where they belong? What will the Big Ten look like in five years under Warren’s leadership?
Kevin Warren: Good Hire or Bad Hire?
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This is super boring and I can’t wait for football to start