Purdue names Mitch Daniels president

June, 21, 2012
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Purdue officially named Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels as its next president on Thursday. It's an interesting move, to say the least.

We won't get into politics here or Daniels' qualifications for the job. But it will be intriguing to see what kind of presence he has among Big Ten presidents and chancellors. There's no question that he has a strong voice and reputation -- many people wanted him to run for president of the country, not a Big Ten school, after all.

Daniels has also had some experience in dealing with the Big Ten. He was part of the group that successfully pitched Indianapolis as the site of the Big Ten championship game last year. Daniels could also potentially pick the school's next athletic director if Morgan Burke -- who turned 60 in December -- decides to retire during his tenure. And maybe he'll give Purdue a little bit more swagger and identity overall.

So welcome to the Big Ten, Gov. Daniels. And I guess now we have to ask: Where do you stand on a playoff?

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