Joe Paterno Removed From Big Ten Championship Trophy

Was this really necessary?

Joe Paterno has been fired as he should have been for his part in the cover up in the Jerry Sandusky scandal, but I believe people are piling on to make themselves look better and once again ignoring the fact that it is Sandusky who is the criminal.

Instead of spending time talking about should Paterno be on or off a trophy how about ensuring the other teams in the conference are aware that child molestations between coaches and young people they are mentoring is real.

On Monday, it appears that PSU is not the only organization looking to distance itself from the coach. The Big Ten announced that the longtime head coach’s name would be removed from the inaugural championship trophy.

“We believe that it would be inappropriate to keep Joe Paterno’s name on the trophy at this time,” league commissioner Jim Delany said. “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.”

No one was even thinking about that trophy. I can see if it was the Joe Paterno Big Ten Trophy. If Paterno legally is charged with something then go in on that, but right now he has been punished for the morality crime he committed and that is good enough.

2 thoughts on “Joe Paterno Removed From Big Ten Championship Trophy

  • Robert,

    Your assessment of the Penn State situation has been 100% correct since the story broke.

    The focus should lie on the currently alleged atrocities committed by Jerry Sandusky.

    It is the heinous nature of these crimes(again alleged at the moment), that has elicited a rush to judgment so great and swift that it appears as though all decisions surrounding the matter are taking place in the court of public opinion which by nature is ill informed and emotionally charged.

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