UPDATE: Adam Schefter is now confirming that Kevin Warren is “expected” to be named the next B1G Commissioner tomorrow.
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
Also, apparently Jim Delany won’t be leaving until June of 2020, one year from now.
Kevin Warren will reportedly replace Jim Delany as the new Big Ten commissioner when Delany steps down from the job in June 2020 https://t.co/Lx54lTjErP— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) June 4, 2019
Original story follows.
Just a few moments ago, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network broke a story that, quite frankly, I’m not sure if anyone saw coming.
Sources: #Vikings Chief Operating Officer Kevin Warren has emerged as a top finalist to be Big Ten Commissioner. The conference will announce tomorrow the successor to Jim Delany.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) June 4, 2019
According to Rapoport, Kevin Warren, the Chief Operating Officer of the Minnesota Vikings, has emerged as a top finalist to be the next Commissioner of the Big Ten Conference. The conference will announce who the next Commissioner will be tomorrow. The job has been held since 1989 by Jim Delany, but he is leaving his post.
Warren is the highest-ranking African-American executive working on the business side of an NFL franchise. He became the first African-American COO in the National Football League when the Vikings elevated him to that post in 2015, and he worked as the team’s Executive Vice President of Legal Affairs and Chief Administrative Officer prior to that.
I’m not sure how many candidates there are for the position of Big Ten Commissioner, but this is the first time. . .just a day before the announcement. . .that anyone has brought up Warren as a potential candidate.
We’ll definitely be keeping an eye on this situation, as Warren has been a big part of the Vikings’ front office for a long time now, and losing him would be significant, to say the least.
Again, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network is reporting that Vikings’ COO Kevin Warren has emerged as a “top finalist” to be the next Commissioner of the Big Ten Conference. We will learn on Tuesday whether or not he’s going to be leaving the Vikings or not.