Penn State students and alumni, as well as fans from all other Big Ten schools, have begun electronically signing a petition to restore Joe Paterno’s name on the Big Ten’s football trophy. If you would like to sign the petition, it can be found here.
It reads in part:
“In the after math of the Sandusky scandal, the Big Ten Conference unjustly removed Joe Paterno’s name from the championship trophy. In light of JoePa’s recent passing, the Big Ten Conference should restore his name to its rightful place along side Alonzo Stagg on the Championship trophy. Paterno led an incomparable life, dedicated to athletics, education, and charity. His mantra “Success with Honor”, and the success of his “Grand Experiment” exemplify all that is good and right in athletics and life. His contributions to Penn State and collegiate athletics are immeasurable, and his coaching record will never be surpassed. The Big Ten must honor Joe Paterno by restoring his name to the Big Ten Trophy at once.”
In addition to the petition, the website has contact information for Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany. The petition will eventually be forwarded to Delany and is also being forwarded to the presidents of the Big Ten institutions, including Penn State’s Rodney Erickson.
The petition organizer is hoping for 106,752 signatures, representing one for every seat in Beaver Stadium. As of Thursday morning the petition had just over 5,500 signatures.
Will you, or have you signed the petition? Let us know in the comments section why or why not.
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