The first ever Big 10 Championship trophy will get a new name before it is even handed out.
Big 10 commissioner Jim Delaney has announced that disgraced former Penn State coach Joe Paterno's name will be removed from the trophy.
Delaney said, "We believe that it would be inappropriate to keep Joe Paterno's name on the trophy at this time. 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."
All this comes in the wake of the Penn State sex abuse scandal that ultimately cost Paterno his job, the one he had held for 46 seasons. Paterno failed to notify police when it was found out that his longtime defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky was sexually abusing young boys.
The Big 10 has not decided on a new name yet. The Big 10 Championship trophy will be presented to the winner of the inaugural Big 10 Championship Game on December 3 in Indianapolis.