Kevin Warren Gives No New Insight or Response to Big Ten's Decision, Future Plans and Conference Reaction

By Kevin Harrish on August 19, 2020 at 4:13 pm
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Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren went more than a week without a public appearance following the conference's postponement of its fall athletic season.

Warren finally broke his silence on Wednesday in an interview with the Sports Business Journal, but he offered no new information or insights about the decision or the Big Ten's plans going forward and did not really address the reaction to the decision from around the conference.

"Last week has been very emotional, for a lot of different reasons," Warren said. "When the decision was based upon medical advice to postpone all of our falls sports but especially our football season, there's wide-ranging emotions. And that is really what makes the Big Ten the Big Ten."

Warren went on to say it has been a difficult eight days, but did not go into specifics, and ended the question by saying "you always just have to keep in mind that you want to do what's right by our student-athletes."

Though he was not directly asked about many specifics, Warren provided no clarity on the Big Ten's decision, gave no information or update about the conference's plans for the spring

Warren also failed to address a number of events and storylines from the week, including a report that no vote ever took place, the petition started by Buckeye quarterback Justin Fields' (which collected nearly 300,000 signatures), the letters from parents of multiple Big Ten schools, or the protest scheduled outside Big Ten headquarters on Friday.

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