The trophy had been named the Stagg-Paterno Championship Trophy. Amos Alonzo Stagg won 319 games in 57 years, most at the University of Chicago. Paterno's 409 wins are the most by a major college coach.
The trophy now will be called the Stagg Championship Trophy.
Interestingly, Penn State could be competing for the trophy. If the Nittany Lions (8-2, 5-1 Big Ten) win their remaining two games (at Ohio State and at Wisconsin), they will be in the title game at Indianapolis. Michigan State (8-2, 5-1) would be the Nits' opponent if the Spartans win their two remaining games.
Robert Stagg, of Grand Rapids, Mich., a great grandson of Amos Alonzo Stagg, said last week his family was honored to have the Stagg name on the trophy regardless of what happened with Paterno's name.
In a related matter, executive director Bill Hancock said a replacement will be announced in the next few weeks for Graham Spanier as BCS presidential oversight committee chairman. Spanier was fired as Penn State's president last week.