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Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren departs for Chicago Bears

January 12, 2023
<p>Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren pictured in a headshot from the Big Ten Conference. Courtesy of the Big Ten Conference.</p>

Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren pictured in a headshot from the Big Ten Conference. Courtesy of the Big Ten Conference.

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According to multiple reports, Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren will exit his role with the conference to become CEO and President of the Chicago Bears. 

Warren was elected in June 2019 and has served as conference commissioner since 2020. He was the first African-American leader of any Power Five conference. 

Throughout his tenure, Warren was forced to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, canceling and re-scheduling a bevy of events. The Big Ten also expanded under Warren's watch, adding UCLA and USC to the conference (effective in 2024). 

The Bears' post will mark Warren's return to the NFL. He started his career in sports management with the St. Louis Rams in 1997. In the following decades, Warren worked for the Detroit Lions and the Minnesota Vikings before finally heading to collegiate sports.

His son, Powers Warren, is a tight end for Michigan State's football team, having transferred from Mississippi State University in 2021.

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