Big Ten removes Paterno's name from championship trophy
By QMI Agency
|Penn State head coach Joe Paterno and university president Graham Spanier were fired over their handling of a sex abuse scandal. (REUTERS/Scott Audette)
The Big Ten stripped Joe Paterno's name from the conference championship trophy on Monday, in the fallout from a scandal over alleged child sex abuse involving an assistant coach.
The trophy had been named the Stagg-Paterno Trophy in honour of former University of Chicago coach Amos Alonzo Stagg and the Penn State legend. It now will be known only as the Stagg Championship Trophy.
"We believe that it would be inappropriate to keep Joe Paterno's name on the trophy at this time," commissioner Jim Delany said in a statement. "The trophy and its namesake are intended to be celebratory and aspirational, not controversial."
It will be awarded to the Big Ten championship game Dec. 3 in Indianapolis.
Meanwhile, Jack Raykovitz, the chief executive for 28 years of the charity founded by former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, has resigned.
According to a grand jury report, the charity learned almost a decade ago that Sandusky had showered with a young boy. Like Penn State officials, it did not inform police.