Paterno's Name Removed from Trophy
We haven't touched on the Penn State scandal, at least in print, here and that's because 1) We are a Badgers site and as such we've found it rather tacky and inappropriate to touch on that subject here and 2) What are we going to say that hasn't been said a thousand times over. If you want to know what we have thought please check out last week's Badgers Power Hour.
However, today another shoe dropped, this time from the Big Ten Conference, which announced the removal of Joe Paterno's name from the Big Ten Football Championship Trophy. It was originally named the Paterno-Stagg Trophy to honor two of the biggest coaching icons in the conference's history, Joe Paterno and Amos Alonzo Stagg. However, it will now simply be named the Stagg Championship Trophy.
It is unfortunate to see such a fall from grace for a man that has done so much for the sport of college football and as a member of the Big Ten Conference. However, the Big Ten did the right thing here in making sure it's premier trophy isn't associated with controversy. It would've been so tone deaf to have kept his name on this trophy that words couldn't describe the stupidity of doing anything other than what they did.
With that let's please keep the children, who's lives are forever altered by the actions of Jerry Sandusky and the inaction of so many, in our thoughts and prayers as this sick and twisted story continues to unfold and play out in the legal system.