The Big Ten Championship Trophy, which was to be called the Stagg-Paterno Trophy, will now be known simply as the Stagg Trophy, the Big Ten announced Monday.
Amid a child sex abuse scandal involving former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, Paterno was fired last Wednesday night. Controversey clouds Paterno's once-strong reputation.
"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. "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."