The Danger of Lionizing the Living

Commissioner Jim Delany announced recently that former Penn State coach Joe Paterno’s name would be removed from the Big Ten Football Championship trophy.

For the first time in its storied history, the Big Ten will feature a championship game to cap off the regular season. The trophy to be awarded to the winner of that game had been named the Stagg-Paterno Trophy, but now it will just be the Stagg Trophy, according to the Big Ten commissioner.

The story of the removal of Paterno’s name from the trophy is really just a footnote in terms of its importance in the ongoing saga of the Penn State scandal. But it is also a poignant symbolic reminder of the epic fall of Paterno in the public’s eye because of the epic fail in his leadership in private some nine years ago, and perhaps going back even further.

Read the rest of my latest BP Sports column HERE.

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