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Big Ten removes Paterno's name from trophy

Posted on: November 14, 2011 11:36 am
Edited on: November 14, 2011 12:13 pm
 
Former Penn State coach Joe Paterno's name has been removed from the Big Ten's football championship trophy, league commissioner Jim Delany said Monday.

The league announced in light of the series of events that have recently unfolded at Penn State, including grand jury indictments, an ongoing grand jury investigation, a U.S. Department of Education investigation, the Board of Trustees’ dismissal of Paterno and the Board of Trustees’ appointment of a Special Investigation Committee, it would remove Paterno’s name from the championship trophy.

The trophy will be awarded at the Big Ten's inaugural football championship game Dec. 3 in Indianapolis.

“We believe that it would be inappropriate to keep Joe Paterno’s name on the trophy at this time,” Delany said. “The trophy and its namesake are intended to be celebratory and aspirational, not controversial. We believe that it’s important to keep the focus on the players and the teams that will be competing in the inaugural championship game.”

The trophy to be presented in Indianapolis next month will now be called the "Stagg Championship Trophy," named after Amos Alonzo Stagg, who coached football at the University of Chicago, a founding member of the Big Ten, from 1892-1932. Stagg compiled a 199-94-22 record while the University of Chicago was a member of the Big Ten, including national championships in 1905 and 1913.

The great grandson of Stagg, Robert Stagg of Grand Rapids, Mich., said Monday the family deferred to the Big Ten on the decision. Stagg told CBSSports.com last week the family would have issues with the trophy's name if Paterno was found "complicit" in the Sandusky scandal.

"We as a family are deferring to them (Big Ten). It was a proper thing to do," Robert Stagg told CBSSports.com. "They have a lot more people to consider things. I pretty much let them steer the whole process. They were aware we were interested in how things were going to play out."

Asked for a reaction to Paterno's name being removed from the trophy, Stagg said: "I still think it’s too early in the process to make a judgement. It’s such an unfortunate situation. I just have a feeling there is a lot more coming out."

Paterno was fired on Wednesday night for his failure to notify police about the sexual abuse allegations of former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.

Saturday, in Penn State's first game since Paterno was fired - the Nittany Lions' first without Paterno as head coach since 1966 and the first game since Nov. 19, 1949, Paterno was neither a Penn State head coach or assistant - the Nittany Lions lost to Nebraska 17-14.

However, the Nittany Lions (8-1, 5-2 Big Ten) still lead the Big Ten's Leaders Division by one-game over Wisconsin (8-2, 4-2). Penn State visits Ohio State Saturday and Wisconsin visits Illinois. No matter the outcome of the Penn State-Ohio State contest, if Wisconsin wins at Illinois, the Badgers and Nittany Lions will play Nov. 26 in Madison, Wis., for the Leaders Division title and berth in the inaugural Big Ten championship game. Penn State would clinch the Leaders Division title by beating Ohio State and if Wisconsin lost to Illinois Saturday.

In the Legends Division, Michigan State (8-2, 5-1) owns a one-game lead over Michigan (8-2, 4-2) and Nebraska (8-2, 4-2). The Spartans will win the Legends Division by winning their final two games against Indiana and Northwestern. Nebraska visits Michigan Saturday. Both the Cornhuskers and Wolverines must win out and need a Michigan State loss to have any chance at winning the Legends Division.
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Since: Jan 25, 2012
Posted on: February 1, 2012 4:02 pm
 

Big Ten removes Paterno's name from trophy

Ok, folks, it's about time all you emotional and illogical folks find another can to kick around.

Let's get real on Joe Paterno doing nothing wrong legally or morally.

Let's get Joe Paterno's name back on that trophy.
Let's get Joe Paterno that national US civilian award.

Let's continue to honor a man that few peopole on this planet can campare to, few that can measure up to, few that have ever done as much for football, schools, students, families and charities.

Congrats, Joe, you are now and will forever be #1 in so many eye opened peoples eyes and minds.  You were the best.



Since: Jan 25, 2012
Posted on: February 1, 2012 4:00 pm
 

Big Ten removes Paterno's name from trophy

Ok, folks, it's about time all you emotional and illogical folks find another can to kick around.

Let's get real on Joe Paterno doing nothing wrong legally or morally.

Let's get Joe Paterno's name back on that trophy.
Let's get Joe Paterno that national US civilian award.

Let's continue to honor a man that few peopole on this planet can campare to, few that can measure up to, few that have ever done as much for football, schools, students, families and charities.

Congrats, Joe, you are now and will forever be #1 in so many eye opened peoples eyes and minds.  You were the best.



Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: November 19, 2011 3:42 am
 

Big Ten removes Paterno's name from trophy

And in 10 years the trophy will just be coming of age for Sandusky.



Since: Mar 25, 2009
Posted on: November 18, 2011 2:59 pm
 

Big Ten removes Paterno's name from trophy

This statement seems to imply the trophy had actually been called the "Joe Paterno Trophy."

that is the case, when the big 10 added nebraska to create a title game, they basically created "The Joe Paterno Trophy" for the winner



Since: Dec 7, 2009
Posted on: November 17, 2011 10:57 am
 

Big Ten removes Paterno's name from trophy

The trophy to be presented in Indianapolis next month will now be called the "Stagg Championship Trophy,"

In what way had JoePa's name been on the trophy before this?  Did it list the head coach for each member school at the time the trophy came into being?  Did Joe use a sharp screwdriver to scratch his name in the finish when he saw it?  This statement seems to imply the trophy had actually been called the "Joe Paterno Trophy."

Isn't reporting an important name change and leaving out either the 'before' or the 'after' of that change a real rookie mistake in journalistic circles?  Even if a previous article covered that topic, the before/after names would be one detail basic enough to include in reports subsequent to that.






Since: Jul 13, 2010
Posted on: November 16, 2011 10:35 pm
 

Big Ten removes Paterno's name from trophy

I hear ten times as many stories about Paterno than Sandusky the shower man.



Since: Oct 16, 2009
Posted on: November 16, 2011 9:09 pm
 

Big Ten removes Paterno's name from trophy

 
Penn State has been a member for less than 20 years and hasn't even won a title during that time. 
Yes they did.



Since: Nov 9, 2011
Posted on: November 16, 2011 3:53 pm
 

Big Ten removes Paterno's name from trophy

Penn State is johnny come lately anyway to The Big Ten. His name shouldn't have been on it in the first place!



Since: Mar 10, 2008
Posted on: November 16, 2011 1:44 pm
 

Big Ten removes Paterno's name from trophy

I'm sure Stagg is squeaky clean.  Probably no racism at all, especially coaching in the late 1800s.  I'm sure he had no problem letting blacks play on his teams if they had the opportunity.



Since: Nov 16, 2011
Posted on: November 16, 2011 11:15 am
 

Big Ten removes Paterno's name from trophy

Once again, this proves it just is not good form to name awards, buildings, schools or even trophies after living people.  A person's legacy is never fullly developed until after they have left this earth and time has "vetted" them.  I hope that time (and the facts) will be kind to Joe Pa but for now he will just have to wait it out.

Aside from just not being wise to name the trophy after a living person, it seems especially odd to me that a living AND working coach would be chosen.  Why would any school other than Penn State want a trophy with Paterno's name on it?  I hope the Big 10 has learned a thing or two with this blunder and makes better choices in the future!


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