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Paterno's name to be removed from Big Ten title trophy

The Big Ten Championship Trophy, which was to be called the Stagg-Paterno Trophy, will now be simply the Stagg Trophy, the Big Ten announced Monday.

Paterno's name to be removed from Big Ten title trophy

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Joe Paterno, seen here during a 2008 news conference, was fired as Penn State´s head coach last week. (Pat Little / Associated Press)
Joe Paterno, seen here during a 2008 news conference, was fired as Penn State's head coach last week. (Pat Little / Associated Press)

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."

--Jake Kaplan

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