UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- The winner of the inaugural Big Ten championship game next month won't receive the Stagg-Paterno trophy, after all.
Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany said Monday that Paterno's name will be removed from the trophy in the wake of the child sexual abuse scandal that resulted in him being fired Wednesday.
"We believe that it would be inappropriate to keep Joe Paterno's name on the trophy at this time," Delany said in a statement.
- Game: Penn State (8-2, 5-1 Big Ten) vs. Ohio State (6-4, 3-3).
- When: 3:30 p.m. Saturday.
- Where: Ohio Stadium, Columbus, Ohio.
- TV: ABC/ESPN.
"The trophy and its namesake are intended to be celebratory and inspirational, not controversial."
Penn State sports information director Jeff Nelson declined to answer questions about the Big Ten's move.
Delany said the conference made the decision to avoid later distractions.
"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," he said in his statement.
The trophy, awarded to the winner of the Dec. 3 game in Indianapolis, will now be called the Stagg Championship Trophy.
Amos Alonzo Stagg coached football at the University of Chicago, a founding member of the Big Ten.
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