We talked last week about the quandary in which the Big Ten found itself in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky sex case. The conference has announced this spring that their Conference Championship Trophy would be called the Stagg-Paterno Championship Trophy. That all changed earlier today when Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delaney removed Paterno's name from the trophy that will be given to the winner of the Big Ten Championship Game.
"We believe that it would be inappropriate to keep Joe Paterno's name on the trophy at this time," Delany said in a statment. "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."
The case, and Paterno's eventual ouster at Penn State, left Delany and the Big Ten little choice. The stink surrounding this mess will linger for a long, long time, but it could not be allowed to permanently stain the Big Ten Championship, especially in it's first year.
Moving forward, the trophy will simply be called the Stagg Championship Trophy, after the former University of Chicago coach Alonzo Stagg.