Remove the name Paterno from the Big Ten Football Championship Trophy.
  • Petitioned James E. Delany

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Commissioner, Big Ten Conference
James E. Delany

Remove the name Paterno from the Big Ten Football Championship Trophy.

    1. Petition by

      Kevin Childress

      Cincinnati, OH

The Big Ten Football Championship Trophy will be awarded to the winner of the annual Big Ten Championship Game starting December 3rd, 2011.

Currently the name of that trophy is the Stagg- Paterno Championship Trophy.
It has recently been reported that Joe Paterno, head football coach of Penn State University and half namesake of said trophy, knew that then assistant coach Jerry Sandusky had improper contact with a 10 year old boy in the Penn State locker room shower and did not turn this information to law enforcement officials thus allowing the perpetrator to continue molesting children for another 9 years.

Joe Paterno told his superiors at the university, but neither he nor his superiors did the ethically acceptable thing of informing law enforcement and putting a stop to the abuse of the perpetrator.

There is no justifiable reason as to why Joe Paterno did not disclose what he knew to law enforcement and the suffering of multiple children due to his inaction is tragic.

For these reasons, I implore the Big Ten Conference to take action immediately and remove the name of Paterno from the Championship trophy before it is handed out to the inaugural Big Ten Championship game winner.

Please sign this petition which will be forwarded to:

Big Ten Conference

James E. Delany
Commissioner

1500 West Higgins Road
Park Ridge, IL 60068-6300

Please feel free to contact said commisioner and make this same request.

Phone - (847) 696-1010
Fax numbers:
Admin. (847) 696-1150
Comm. (847) 696-1110

Thank you.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Victory

      Kevin Childress
      Petition Organizer

      The Paterno name has been removed from the Big Ten Championship trophy.

    2. 430 Signatures and counting.

      Kevin Childress
      Petition Organizer

      We have climbed to 430 Signatures in only a few days.

      I have sent a second letter to the presidents, athletic directors, staff members of the Big Ten schools along with the Big Ten commissioner and his staff.

      With any luck one of them will have the wherewithal to step up and make this change.

      Thank you again for your support.

    3. Almost to 400 Signatures!

      Kevin Childress
      Petition Organizer

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    4. Over 250 Signatures, and just getting started.

      Kevin Childress
      Petition Organizer

      Thank you very much for supporting the removal of the Paterno name from the Big Ten Championship Trophy. Help spread the word anyway you can.

    5. Reached 250 signatures
    6. Over 100 Signatures all ready!

      Kevin Childress
      Petition Organizer

      The quick growth of this petition with no publicity is an indicator of how important this is.

      I have informed the presidents of the schools that make up the Big Ten and people within the Big Ten office about our desire to have the “Paterno” name removed and the fine people in support of this move by signing this petition.

      Hopefully a change will happen before this trophy is ever awarded.

      Thank you.

    7. Reached 100 signatures
    8. Over 50 Signatures and counting!

      Kevin Childress
      Petition Organizer

      The petition is gaining momentum by the minute.

      Thank you very much for supporting the removal of the Paterno name from the Big Ten Championship Trophy. Help spread the word.

    9. Reached 50 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • Steve LaCosse APPLETON, WI
      • almost 3 years ago

      Why should a mans name be honored for ignoring/ covering up the abuse of children by one of his coaches and close friends. He knew, he did not act. That in itself should warrant removal. Too many children suffered after he became aware of the horror. I will always associate Paterno as a cowardly man.

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    • Pamela Corray CHAMPAIGN, IL
      • almost 3 years ago

      He doesn't deserve the honor after his part in the Penn State scandal

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    • Jacquelyn Boyden CHAPEL HILL, NC
      • almost 3 years ago

      The Big Ten Conference should choose with great care the name or names associated with the emblems of it highest athletic achievements. The Big Ten will be awarding its first Football Championship Trophy in December of 2011. The name "Paterno" should not be on that trophy, and now is the time to remove it - before the trophy is ever awarded. There are no acceptable reasons why Coach Paterno and others at Penn State involved in the ongoing tragedy involving allegations of horrific crimes against children, failed to act first to protect the children involved, rather than their own careers and the institution's reputation. The first Big Ten Trophy should not include the name of a coach whose involvement in this tragedy at best, raises the appearance of impropriety; and at worst, has through inaction permitted lives to be ruined.

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    • Caitlin Archer-Helke HOMEWOOD, IL
      • almost 3 years ago

      We must not celebrate those who allowed pedophiles to continue abusing, for they are guilty too.

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    • Erle Baugher PHOENIX, AZ
      • almost 3 years ago

      Having grown up in Pennsylvania, it is disgusting to see the cover-up of boys being anally raped- which Joe Paterno now says he wishes he'd done more about, and about whom he suddenly states he plans to "start" praying for.

      Paterno's name should not be on or anywhere near the Big Ten Trophy!

      Paterno's name be-smirches that of Stagg, the league and the game of football.

      Paterno failed to act.

      Let not The Big Ten make the same mistake!

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