The Big Ten Conference announced on Monday that long time conference commissioner Jim Delany (pictured above) will retire from the post he has held for 30 years next year.

His contract expires on June 30th, 2020.  He replaced long time Big Ten commissioner Wayne Duke in 1989.

The University of North Carolina graduate was instrumental in the creation of the Big Ten TV Network in 2007.  He also saw the expansion of the league from 10 members to 14 members (Penn State in the 1990's, Nebraska, Maryland, and Rutgers in the 2010's).

The league will undergo a nationwide search to find Delany's replacement.