Big Ten takes Paterno name off trophy

Penn State head coach Joe Paterno, left, watches pre-game warm ups before an NCAA college football game against Eastern Michigan in State College, Pa., Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

November 14, 2011 10:33:06 AM PST
The Big Ten has taken Joe Paterno's name off the Big Ten's football championship trophy.

League commissioner Jim Delany said Monday that it is "inappropriate" to keep Paterno's name on the trophy that will be awarded Dec. 3 after the first Big Ten title game.

Penn State fired Paterno, its longtime head coach, last week and investigations are under way into allegations of child sex-abuse involving a former assistant for the Nittany Lions.

The trophy had been named the Stagg-Paterno Championship Trophy. Amos Alonzo Stagg won 319 games in 57 years, most at the University of Chicago. Paterno's 409 wins are the most by a major college coach.

The trophy will now be called the Stagg Championship Trophy.