Kevin Warren Decided to Cancel Football, Not Big Ten Leadership
While everyone thought that MLB commissioner Rob Manfred would win the award for the worst commissioner during the pandemic, Kevin Warren said hold my beer. The new Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren is making a mockery of the league. After all the news this weekend painting the Big Ten as fools for canceling their season, news comes out today that the Big Ten presidents and athletic directors did not actually vote on canceling their season. This thing continues to get messier and messier for Warren where you have to wonder if he will have this job when the fall season rolls around next year.
"It's unclear where there was ever a vote or not," in Big Ten to postpone until spring. @penn_state AD Sandy Barbour.
Second person I've heard say that.
— Dennis Dodd (@dennisdoddcbs) August 17, 2020
Big news from twitterless Jeff Snook: pic.twitter.com/B8mnjK3ILh
— THE Bunch of Nuts Podcast (@bunch_nuts) August 18, 2020
I’m going to do my best to read between the lines of what’s happening here. Warren got scared. This was his first major decision as commissioner and he punted entirely. Warren should have done so much more here to involve other voices. Different conferences, different medical professional, professional sports teams (I mean the guy worked for the fucking Minnesota Vikings, he has connections) to really understand what’s going on here. But when the MAC bounced that gave Warren the perfect out and he took it along with the Pac-12. They’ve been side-by-side and Warren formed a bond with Larry Scott who has his own issues. Warren underestimated the strength of these schools and how they would not quit once the decision was made.
Per Sir Yacht, who has been the number one source on this topic, Big Ten football is happening. They’re going to try and save face in some way. This will be a coordinated PR effort with journalists trying to help out Warren along with interviews lined up too. Warren may try to give a last-ditch effort with what’s happening at North Carolina (130 positive tests in a week), but he likely will let them try and see what happens in the coming days.
The only two ways that Warren will not be under fire after this is if he is proven right and there are COVID outbreaks on multiple Big Ten teams. And/Or if he is proactive about getting Big Ten basketball ready to roll. Multiple plans and preparation for whatever they need to do for a season. To me, that will start to build a bridge for what happened over the last couple of weeks.