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Kevin Warren Finding Voice As New Big Ten Commissioner

Warren wants the Big Ten to take a leadership role on issues like mental health and wellness
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Warren wants the Big Ten to take a leadership role on issues like mental health and wellness
Photo: GETTY IMAGES
Warren wants the Big Ten to take a leadership role on issues like mental health and wellness
Photo: GETTY IMAGES

New Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren said he will have "no problem articulating an opinion" in his role at the top of the conference, according to Teddy Greenstein of the CHICAGO TRIBUNE. Warren said, "They pay me to have an opinion. ... But (I'll be) doing it in the prism (of) what is the right thing to do for our conference, for intercollegiate athletics, for society and ultimately for our student-athletes." Regarding the proper size of the CFP, Warren said one of the things "always at the top of my mind are the time and training demands on our student-athletes," as they are in college to "get an education." Warren: "So many times we forget these are not professionals. When they're done with a game, they don't fly to the next city." He added, "So I look at: What is the length of the season? What is the impact on their body? I don't think it comes down to: Let's just add two to four teams. I'm studying it all now from a holistic standpoint." Greenstein noted Warren wants the Big Ten to "take a leadership role on issues such as mental health and wellness, voter registration and financial literacy." Warren is the Big Ten's sixth commissioner and the first black commissioner of a Power Five conference. Now, as the Big Ten's most powerful employee, he is the "first to arrive, often before" 6:00am CT, and his workday "ends about 13 hours later" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 1/11).