A former Penn State assistant football coach has launched a campaign to have Joe Paterno's name reinstated to the Big Ten championship trophy, The Daily Collegian reported Friday.
Booker Brooks, who served on Paterno's staff from 1968 to 1983, is urging former Penn State players to contact Big Ten commissioner James Delany in an effort to get the iconic coach's name back onto the conference's top football award.
Delany announced in November during the immediate aftermath of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal that Paterno's name would be removed from the Stagg-Paterno Championship Trophy, originally named after the legendary Penn State coach and fellow Hall of Fame coach Amos Alonzo Stagg.
In his announcement, Delany said "the trophy and its namesake are intended to be celebratory and aspirational, not controversial."
Brooks claims his efforts to reach Delany over the last two months have fallen on deaf ears.
The former wide receivers coach ...