The Big Ten could have a commissioner in place by Memorial Day, at least according to one of the conference’s most visible athletic directors.
In a podcast interview this week, Rutgers athletic director Pat Hobbs said that the search committee for the commissioner role has been formed by the Big Ten. And that the search firm hired by the Big Ten to vet candidates is making progress.
The Big Ten is looking to replace Kevin Warren, who left the Big Ten to become the president and CEO of the Chicago Bears. Warren oversaw a period of strong growth for the Big Ten, including the expansion of the conference to include (soon-to-be) members in UCLA and USC.
In speaking with The Knight Report Podcast, Hobbs gave an update on the Big Ten’s search.
“They’re going to try to do this as quietly as possible. My understanding is that there is great interest in the position, not surprisingly,” Hobbs told The Knight Report.
“They have received a lot of resumes from a wide sort of range of backgrounds. Some college, some not college. I haven’t seen those resumes, we won’t see those resumes.
“We’re kept up to date on where the search is. I think there is a confidence that they will conclude the search sometime before the end of May, I think that’s really the goal. I think that’s a doable goal.
“There’s not a lot of people who can be Big Ten commissioner, in my view. This is not sort of inside information from the committee.”
“There is a confidence that they will conclude the search sometime before the end of May.”
— Rutgers Scarlet Knights | TheKnightReport.Net (@RutgersRivals) March 13, 2023
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Warren served four years as the commissioner of the conference before joining the Bears in January of 2023. The Bears have been among the most active teams in NFL free agency.