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Reports: Minnesota Vikings COO Kevin Warren Tabbed As Next Big Ten Commissioner

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Warren becomes the first African-American commissioner of a Power Five conference.

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With Jim Delany set to retire on June 30, 2020, the Big Ten has its new commissioner in Kevin Warren, which was first reported by 670 The Score’s Mully & Haugh show.

Should the reports be true, Warren, 55, would become the first African-American commissioner of any Power Five conference.

Warren has a background in law (he has his J.D. from Notre Dame), and has spent over 20 years working for various NFL teams — the St. Louis Rams (1997-2001), Detroit Lions (2001-2003), and the Minnesota Vikings (2005-2019). His most recent role with the Vikings was as COO, a position that he’s held since 2015.

I won’t pretend to know if this is a good hire or not, but he seems sports businessy (yes, I made up that word) which is about all I can offer. He also doesn’t have any ties to Ohio State or Michigan any Big Ten school, which is a big positive in my book.

Welcome to the Big Ten, Kevin!

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P.S. Kevin, when asked about if your Big Ten champion should get into the College Football Playoff, do not answer like this: “I’m not going to dissect it. That’s [the CFP Selection Committee’s] job, not mine. ... We wanted the human element in this process and regardless of what happens, I’ll be supportive of the outcome.”