Big Ten Makes Change to Football Trophy

On Monday the Big Ten Conference announced it is removing Joe Paterno’s name from the Big Ten Conference Football Championship trophy. The trophy had been named the Stagg-Paterno Championship Trophy and it will now be the Stagg Championship Trophy. Watch the Big Ten Blast video in this post to get the latest details.

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So, do you remember Stagg? Here’s his bio from

“A coaching pioneer in several sports, Amos Alonzo Stagg coached football at the University of Chicago from 1892-1932, leading the Maroons to national championships in 1905 and 1913. He also coached basketball at the school for one season and was the head baseball coach for 19 seasons. At Chicago, Stagg compiled a 199-94-22 record while the school was a member of the Big Ten, and that wins total ranks second among all Big Ten coaches. His 116 wins in Big Ten games ranks third, and his seven conference titles ties him for fifth. Stagg has been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. On the basketball court, Stagg developed the game as a five-player sport and was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1959 as a member of the Hall’s first class. Stagg’s name graces two high schools in the United States, and the NCAA Division III Football Championship Game, the Stagg Bowl, is named in his honor.”

And here’s a list of all the football trophies and awards from the Big Ten Conference.

So what do you think about the announcement? Tell us the comments below an we’ll post the best ones. Be respectful in your answers please. And don’t forget to mail your questions for our weekly mailbag with senior writer Tom Dienhart.


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aroznowski on 11/14/2011 @ 4:29pm EDT Said:

For all of the great decisions that the Big Ten Conference has made over the years, this one is a mistake. Joe Paterno is innocent of all criminal wrongdoing and has not been able to tell his side of the story yet. This is America the last time that I checked, where people are “innocent until proven guilty”. Joe Paterno is the greatest head football coach in college football history, and his name belongs on that trophy along with the name of Amos Alonzo Stagg. I find it quite hypocritical that Jim Delany issued a statement last week saying that he would let the process play out before taking any action, but now the conference has gone against that statement. I just hope and pray that Joe Paterno’s great name will be restored in a year or two to the trophy where it belongs.

JD on 11/14/2011 @ 8:01pm EDT Said:

It seems kinda funny that Joe Paterno is good enough to win a Amos Alonzo Stagg Award (like he did in 2002), but he’s not good enough to share name sake of an award with Amos Alonzo Stagg. Good job Big 10. I guess the healing process doesn’t include you.