Several months ago the Big Ten Conference announced that longtime commissioner Jim Delany would retire when his contract expires in 2020. After hiring a search firm to identify a replacement it would appear the Big Ten is ready to make an announcement.
The conference put out a release tonight indicating it will announce Delany’s successor in a press conference on Tuesday. The successor will take over when Delany’s contract expires on June 30, 2020.
Delany was appointed commissioner of the Big Ten Conference in 1989, and in that time has overseen its expansion to 14 teams. Penn State was added in 1990, with Nebraska joining in 2011, followed by Maryland and Rutgers in 2014.
Johns Hopkins and Notre Dame have also joined the conference as affiliates in some sports.
The Big Ten will announce Jim Delany's successor at a press conference tomorrow at 11 am CT.
— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) June 3, 2019
Under Delany’s watch, Big Ten schools won dozens of national championships across all sports, including Ohio State’s College Football Playoff national title in the 2014 season.
In addition, he was a leading voice in the formation of the Big Ten Network and the now-defunct Bowl Championship Series that ran from 1998 to 2013.
Delany’s tenure was not a criticism-free one, but it was certainly a consequential one.