he received death threats in the wake of the conference’s initial decision to forgo the 2020 football season amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
Warren made the revelation in a wide-ranging interview with Sports Illustrated’s Pat Forde and Richard Johnson at the conference’s media day proceedings in Indianapolis
The commissioner said he avoided driving for the most part because the Big Ten offices in suburban Chicago didn’t have a secure parking lot at the time
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He reasoned it wouldn’t be difficult for someone with ill intentions to tamper with his car.
The Big Ten alerted law enforcement agencies to the threats, which included a fan who posted on social media that he was putting out a $5,000 bounty on Warren
The Big Ten ultimately reversed course and did play a conference-only football schedule beginning in late October 2020