On Tuesday, Kevin Warren was introduced as the next commissioner of the Big Ten Conference. He was an extremely successful NFL executive, most notably as the COO for the Minnesota Vikings for the past 14 years. He is a graduate of Grand Canyon University and has an MBA from Arizona State and law degree from Notre Dame.
After playing basketball for Penn’s 1981-1982 Ivy League champion team, he transferred to Grand Canyon, where he averaged 20 points per game and scored over 1,000 points in his career.
Warren will officially join the conference in September and take over for outgoing commissioner Jim Delany on January 1st, 2020. He will be just the sixth commissioner in the Big Ten’s 123 year history and become the first ever African-American commissioner for a power five conference.
With the ever changing world of college athletics, Warren may not have been an obvious choice to take over for Delany, but he seems extremely qualified to push the Big Ten forward in the future.
During his introductory press conference, Warren was impressive in discussing his background, accomplishments and his thoughts on the Big Ten and its future. You can watch the entire press conference here.
Bonus: BTN’s Dave Revsine conducts a one on one interview with Warren.