The Big Ten Conference on Monday announced it will remove the name of former Penn State coach Joe Paterno from its inaugural championship game trophy in the wake of the child sex-abuse scandal that has rocked the campus.
The trophy was to be named the Stagg-Paterno Championship Trophy to honor Paterno and Amos Alonzo Stagg, who formerly coached at the University of Chicago. The trophy, which will be awarded to the winner of the Dec. 3 game in Indianapolis, will now be called the Stagg Championship Trophy.
"We believe that it would be inappropriate to keep Joe Paterno's name on the trophy at this time," Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany said in a statement.
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"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."
Penn State fired Paterno last Wednesday as the school continues to reel after former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky's arrest on multiple alleged child sex abuse charges.
Also on Monday,the Second Mile children's charity, which was founded by Sandusky, announced the resignation of its chief executive Jack Raykovitz.
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Photo: Joe Paterno. Credit: Gene Puskar / Associated Press