Joe Paterno’s name has been removed from the Big Ten’s championship football trophy, according to CBS Sports.
“We believe that it would be inappropriate to keep Joe Paterno’s name on the trophy at this time,” Big 10 commissioner Jim Delany said, according to CBS. “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.”
Paterno was recently dismissed by Penn State University last week after coaching for the past 61 years. The school’s board of directors made the decision to let Paterno go after the public became outraged that the legendary coach knew about accusations of child molestation by Jerry Sandusky and failed to report the incidents to state police.
The trophy will now reportedly be called the Stagg Championship Trophy, named in honor of Amos Alonzo Stagg, a former head football coach at the University of Chicago. Stagg compiled nearly 200 wins between 1892 and 1932.