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Stagg family may take issue with Stagg-Paterno Championship Trophy


The great grandson of Amos Alonzo Stagg said his family would consider re-evaluating the name of the Big Ten championship trophy — the Stagg-Paterno Championship Trophy (pictured) — if “more disturbing evidence” comes to light in the case surrounding former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, CBS’ Dennis Dodd writes today.

Robert Stagg said he and his family have been monitoring the situation at Penn State closely. Sandusky has been indicted on child-sex charges, and school athletic director Tim Curley and administrator Gary Schultz reportedly knew of at least one incident in 2002 where Sandusky sodomized a young boy in the locker room of an on-campus football facility, but did not report the incident to proper authorities.

Curley and Schultz have been charged with perjury. Curley has taken a leave of absence; Schultz has gone back into retirement.

Also mentioned in the Pennsylvania grand jury indictment was Penn State coach Joe Paterno, who, after being told of the aforementioned incident by a then-graduate assistant witness to the alleged act, reported it to Curley. However, Paterno did not take any further action even when it became clear Sandusky would not face legal investigation.

“If he [Paterno] has been complicit in this, he’s got to step down,” said Stagg. “Unfortunately that would be the case.

“We’ve kind of cheered JoePa along. We’re still hoping he’s cleared on this. If something else comes to light and he kind of let this go leaving someone else to handle, then we may feel very differently.”

Paterno was set to have his weekly press conference today, but it was abruptly cancelled shortly before hand. A New York Times report has stated Penn State is beginning  to plan an exit for the long-time coach. However, Paterno’s son, Scott, said those reports were “premature”.

Amos Alonzo Stagg was a legendary coach at the University of Chicago while the Maroons were a member of the Big Ten. Roberts father, Amos Alonzo Stagg III, is set to be honored at the inaugural Big Ten Championship Game in Indianapolis in just under a month.

“We’ll just have to wait and see but if we find that a lot more disturbing evidence comes out I’m sure we will have a lot of discussion with the Big Ten.”

Ole Miss OT Laremy Tunsil to return for Texas A&M on Oct. 24

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As if this day wasn’t busy enough, Ole Miss announced late Monday evening star-crossed offensive lineman Laremy Tunsil‘s suspension has been capped at seven games, meaning he’ll miss Saturday’s trip to Memphis but return in time for Texas A&M visit to The Grove on Oct. 24.

From the university:

The University initially withheld Tunsil from competition at the start of the season as both the NCAA and the University examined several alleged improper benefits.  During the course of the process, it was determined by the NCAA that Tunsil received impermissible extra benefits that included the use of three separate loaner vehicles over a sixth-month period without payment, a four-month interest-free promissory note on a $3,000 down payment for purchasing a used vehicle, two nights of lodging at a local home, an airline ticket purchased by a friend of a teammate, and one day use of a rental vehicle.  In addition, it was determined that Tunsil was not completely forthcoming when initially questioned by NCAA investigators regarding the loaner vehicles.  He later corrected his account and since apologized. 

As part of his reinstatement conditions, the NCAA imposed a seven-game suspension, ordered Tunsil to pay the value of the extra benefits to a charity, perform community service, and he will also make the vehicle down payment.

Said Tunsil: “I take full responsibility for the mistakes I made and want to thank everyone for their continued support. I want to apologize to my teammates, coaches and the entire Ole Miss family for how my choices affected our program. This was a learning experience, and I’m looking forward to being back on the field with my team and redeeming myself. The last 10 months have been a physical and mental battle for me, but I love playing this game more than anything else. I want to be here for my teammates who are depending on me to finish what we started together.”

The news is, obviously, great for Tunsil and head coach Hugh Freeze personally, as well as the entire Ole Miss football program. It’s also a nice plus for NFL scouts, as it means Tunsil’s first live action of 2015 will come against possible future No. 1 draft pick Myles Garrett.

Hope he’s been practicing.

Report: Steve Spurrier set to retire

Steve Spurrier

Say it ain’t so, Steve.

According to a report from Thayer Evans of Sports Illustrated Monday evening, Steve Spurrier is set to retire.

Spurrier, 70, is a legend the likes college football has never seen before and never will again.

He was a Heisman Trophy winning quarterback at Florida, then returned to his alma mater and turned the program into a juggernaut, leading the Gators to 122-27-1 record from 1990-01 and a national championship in 1996. After a stint with the NFL’s Washington Redskins, Spurrier landed at South Carolina, where since 2005 he’s racked up a school record 86 wins.

But those wins slowed down of late. After an SEC East championship in 2010 and three straight 11-2 seasons from 2011-13, the Gamecocks fell to 7-6 in 2014, and are off to a 2-4 mark this fall. With the possibility of losses to nemeses old and new like Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Florida and Clemson ahead, Spurrier, it appears, would rather fade away quietly to the putting green.

Perhaps no two sentences summarize Spurrier, then and now, more precisely than this:

Combined with his three years at Duke, Spurrier closes up shop with a 228-89-2 mark, and a bust in the coaches’ wing of the Hall of Fame waiting for him.