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Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany to Conclude Term in June 2020

by on March 04, 2019 11:56 AM

The Big Ten Conference announced today that current commissioner Jim Delany will officially conclude his term at the end of his current contract which expires on June 30, 2020. 

According to a press release, the Big Ten Council of Presidents and Chancellors has already begun the search process under the direction of the COP/C Executive Committee and led by COP/C Chair Morton Schapiro, president of Northwestern University.

Delany is responsible for, among many things, the formation of the Big Ten Network, the conferences' expansion, increased revenue share agreements and the implementation of some of college football's earliest replay rules.

“Jim has had an extraordinary impact on the Big Ten Conference, its member institutions, administrators, students and coaches since 1989,” said Schapiro. “He has been a forward-thinking, collaborative and decisive leader in every aspect of conference proceedings. We thank him for his dedicated service to date and look forward to working with him through the conclusion of his contract.”

“It’s been an amazing opportunity to serve and lead these preeminent institutions, presidents, administrators, coaches and students,” Delany said in a statement.

“It is incredibly fulfilling to support the hundreds of thousands of young men and women who have been afforded an opportunity to obtain best-in-class educations as a result of the invaluable, one-of-a-kind lessons learned through the unique combination of athletic and classroom competition. I would like to recognize and thank each of my colleagues for being such invaluable members of, and contributors to, the Big Ten Conference team, while acknowledging that there is still plenty of work to be done. I look forward to continuing that work through the balance of my term.”

With the news only just released, there has been no reporting of who might replace Delany but as one of the largest money-making and high profile conferences in college athletics, there ought to be plenty of interested candidates.

Ben Jones covers Penn State football and basketball for He's on Twitter as @Ben_Jones88.
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