As requested, a separate thread to talk about how stupid the new Big Ten championship related trophies are. The whole thing reeks of political correctness, splitting the difference by double-naming each trophy so no single trophy is tied to a single school. Apart from that, let's consider the names themselves:
The Hayes-Schembechler Trophy (Coach of the year)
Okay, so you've got two legendary coaches at two legendary big ten schools. I'd tell you more but I don't want to insult your intelligence. This makes sense, even if the name is a mouthful.
The Grange-Griffin Trophy (Championship game MVP)
Red Grange, halfback for Illinois in the 1920s. According to wikipedia, named the greatest college football player of all time by ESPN in 2008. So, he's got that going for him, which is nice.
Archie Griffon, running back for Ohio State in the 1970s. Only two-time heisman trophy winner in history thus far.
Okay, so this is actually not all that bad but damn it I'm sticking with the theme. It does lack the nice symmetry of the Hayes-Schembechler Trophy, as rather than featuring the names of rivals it features two players that missed each other by 50 years. Also, they try so hard to come up with fair and balanced trophy names, and then put OSU on two of them. They couldn't come up with a worthy player's name from an unrepresented school?
The Stagg-Paterno Trophy (Championship game winning team)
Amos Alonzo Stagg was "an American athlete and pioneering college coach in multiple sports, primarily football", says Wikipedia. Played at Yale, coached at the University of Chicago and the University of the Pacific.
Joe Paterno is really damn old and coaches football or something, I don't know.
So here you've got two coaches that can rightfully called "legendary" but whose ties to the big ten are less solid. Stagg was the coach of the University of Chicago for 40 years, which is a very long time. You know what else is a very long time? The 64 years it's been since the University Chicago was actually in the big ten. As for Paterno, he's been Penn State's coach for 44 years, but Penn State's only been in the big ten for 20 of those.
Worst of all, given Joe Paterno's decision to stick it out for at least one more year, he'll get to experience the embarrassment of competing for a trophy named after himself.