Big decisions coming for Michigan and Big Ten commissioner

Brian Spurlock/Icon Sportswire

LOS ANGELES -- The offseason has long been a myth in college athletics, with drama from January to July annually transcending the football field and often trumping it in importance.

As the college football industry gathered in Los Angeles this week for meetings and junkets surrounding the College Football Playoff, the two buzziest stories immediately hovering over the sport were percolating in the Big Ten.

The future of the Big Ten commissioner job and the Michigan coaching position loomed as the most frequent topics in the bustling lobbies, swanky VIP rooms and gossip-filled sidelines.

Both jobs have thrust themselves to the forefront after the current holders of those jobs -- commissioner Kevin Warren and coach Jim Harbaugh -- recently delivered public statements of non-commitment.

So what's the latest on each?