Vikings’ COO Kevin Warren Expected to Become Big Ten Commissioner

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Minnesota Vikings chief operating officer Kevin Warren is expected to be introduced as the next commissioner of the Big Ten Conference on Tuesday, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Mark Schlabach.

Warren, 55, has formally informed the Vikings of his intentions to take the job.

With the hiring, Warren will become the first black commissioner of a Power 5 conference, and he replaced longtime Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany, who announced his intentions to retire in 2020, following 30 years with the league.

Big Ten officials are scheduled to announce Delany’s replacement at noon EST on Tuesday.

Warren was promoted from vice president of legal affairs and chief administrative officer to chief operating officer of the Vikings back in 2015 and he played a key role in the development of U.S Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, which hosted Super Bowl LII in 2018.

Warren was named a member of the NFL Committee on Workplace Diversity back in 2013, and has made a number of significant contributions in various prominent roles throughout his career.