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Stagg family may have issues with Paterno scandal

Posted on: November 8, 2011 3:08 pm
Edited on: November 8, 2011 10:01 pm
 

Amos Alonzo Stagg’s name being attached to the Big Ten football championship trophy may have to be reevaluated if Joe Paterno is found to be “complicit” in the Jerry Sandusky scandal according to Stagg's great grandson.

The hardware for the first Big Ten championship game next month -- the Stagg-Paterno Championship Trophy – has yet to be presented. But Robert Stagg told CBSSports.com on Tuesday that he is concerned about the family’s association if “more disturbing evidence,” is found in the case that has captured national headlines.

“If he [Paterno] has been complicit in this, he’s got to step down,” said Stagg, a 54-year-old father working in sales in Grand Rapids, Mich. “Unfortunately that would be the case.”

Asked specifically if “complicit” meant not going to authorities if Paterno knew a crime had been committed, Stagg said: “If you have knowledge of what’s going on, you have to alert authorities. You can’t leave it up to someone else to alert authorities. You have to. It’s the only thing to do.”

Stagg says he assumes Paterno’s innocence but has followed the situation closely. Sandusky, Paterno’s former defensive coordinator, is charged with multiple accounts molesting young boys. Former graduate assistant and current assistant Mike McQueary reportedly told Paterno in 2002 he witnessed Sandusky having sex with a 10-year-old boy in a Penn State lockerroom shower.

Paterno then told his AD, Tim Curley, who summoned McQueary 1 ½ weeks later. Sandusky was banned from bringing children into the football facility but no authorities were contacted. Paterno has maintained his innocence through his attorney. Curley and Penn State finance officer Gary Schultz have been charged with perjury.

“It was sickening. It’s just horrible,” said a Stagg, a descendant of the great Amos Alonzo Stagg. “We hear of these things from time to time in the paper, be it with the Catholic Church or various individuals. This is just one that when you look at the gentleman’s [Sandusky] involvement and charitable-type endeavors. I just don’t understand it.”

Stagg was not specific about what action the family might take but he said they are monitoring the situation. He added that a contingent of 20 family members will travel to Indianapolis for the first Big Ten championship game on Dec. 3. His father, Amos Alonzo Stagg III, will be honored at the game. Stagg III, 84, is the same age as Paterno.

The original Amos Alonzo Stagg is the legendary coach who won 319 games in 57 years. Amos Alonzo Stagg was a noted innovator in both football and basketball. He coached at the University of Chicago for parts of five decades. The University of Chicago was in the Big Ten a portion of that time.

“There are some [family] roots to the state of Pennsylvania,” Robert Stagg said. “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 …

“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.”

Paterno is in his 45TH year as Penn State head coach. Penn State joined the Big Ten in 1992.

“He’s had a wonderful career and honestly we hope he’s cleared of all this,” Stagg said.

 

 

Comments

Since: Apr 9, 2008
Posted on: November 10, 2011 11:35 am
 

Stagg family may have issues with Paterno scandal

Wheels4hextall are you talking about the same Tom Osborn that let a Lawrence Phillips back on the team after dragging his girlfriend down a flight of stairs by her hair so he could win a National title!  Yeah, no skeletons in that closet.  Maybe they should change the name of the trophy, but I think Osborn should not be on it either.



Since: Apr 9, 2008
Posted on: November 10, 2011 11:28 am
 

Stagg family may have issues with Paterno scandal

Wheels4hextall are you talking about the same Tom Osborn that let a Lawrence Phillips back on the team after dragging his girlfriend down a flight of stairs by her hair so he could play in a National title game?  Yeah no sketlons in that closet!  Maybe they should rename the trophy but, I don't think Osborn should be on their either.



Since: Oct 22, 2008
Posted on: November 10, 2011 6:57 am
 

Stagg family may have issues with Paterno scandal

Maybe they should rename it the Stagg-Schembechler trophy instead.  It may take up a lot of room on the base but there's no controversy relating to those two men.

Regarding JoePa, remember the old political axiom "the cover-up is, in most cases, worse than the actual crime".  While the actual crime in this case is very heinous and disgusting, the fact that others knew and failed to notify the proper authorities (i.e. law enforcement) make those people (including JoePa, if proven) just as guilty as the perp that did these horrible things.




Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2011 11:25 pm
 

Stagg family may have issues with Paterno scandal

If the Big 10 is smart they will rename the trophy to the Stagg-Osborn Championship Trophy

I can guarantee that you won't find any skeletons like that is Dr Tom's closet.

Come on BIG 10 rename the trophy now!



Since: Dec 17, 2008
Posted on: November 9, 2011 11:17 pm
 

Stagg family may have issues with Paterno scandal

Oral sex is still sex is it not

♂----The guys name that wrote this is 'Acehole avenger' GO FIGURE!



Since: Sep 26, 2009
Posted on: November 9, 2011 8:42 pm
 

Stagg family may have issues with Paterno scandal

After going to the AD and others, Joe Pa should followed up when Jerry was still on campus. Joe is guility of worring about Penn State brand then following up on a crime.



Since: Oct 26, 2011
Posted on: November 9, 2011 7:15 pm
 

Absolutley disgusting!!!!!!!

How does a coach see this happening and walk away? WTF? All 3 men are absolute trash. I don't care how much good JoePa has done over his long career. He ruined it all by not calling the police ASAP. The school tried to cover it up and will for the next 30 years be an absolute disgrace. I hope they can't recruit players and cannot even compete in the MAC. This is soooooo bad.



Since: Oct 17, 2007
Posted on: November 9, 2011 5:20 pm
 

Stagg family may have issues with Paterno scandal

McQueary is just as complicit as Sandusky - If good men do nothing, that is evil enough.




Since: Mar 17, 2009
Posted on: November 9, 2011 11:14 am
 

Stagg family may have issues with Paterno scandal

HOW did McCreary witness a child being sexually assaulted and not step in and do something to stop it right then and there?  Did he really just walk away and tell JoePa, but leave the kid with the freak?

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At the time  McCreary was 28 years old 6'4 230lbs too, and he didn't confront a 55 year old guy who is 6'1 220 lbs assulting a 10 year old........shocking.  &nb
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Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: November 9, 2011 11:12 am
 

Stagg family may have issues with Paterno scandal

Robert Stagg is using the victims to get "face time" in the media.  He needs to understand that a 55 years old is probably a little too old to still be trying to live vicariously off of his great-grandfather's accomplishments.


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