According to a tweet from Adam Schefter tonight, the next commissioner of the Big Ten will come from the NFL ranks.
Schefter shares that Minnesota Vikings Chief Operating Officer Kevin Warren is expected to be introduced as the new commissioner of the Big Ten. Warren, who is 55 and has previous experience with the Rams and Lions, would be a trailblazer as the first African American commissioner of a Power Five league.
For months, Northwestern athletic director Jim Phillips was rumored to be the leading candidate.
An official announcement from the Big Ten will take place tomorrow. Warren will take over for Jim Delany, who has overseen the Big Ten since 1989 and announced his intentions to retire earlier this year. During his tenure Delany has overseen the league’s expansion to 11 teams with the additions of Penn State and then to 14 with the additions of Nebraska, Maryland and Rutgers, the implementation of the first replay system in college football, and the creation of the Big Ten Network – which provides millions and millions of dollars to Big Ten schools.
Stay tuned to The Scoop for the latest.
Minnesota Vikings’ chief operating officer Kevin Warren is expected to be introduced Tuesday as the next commissioner of the Big Ten Conference, sources told ESPN’s Mark Schlabach and me. Warren, 55, would become the first African-American commissioner of a Power Five conference.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) June 4, 2019