Penn State's Assistant Coach Put on Administrative Leave

4:31 PM PST 11/11/2011 by Lauren Schutte
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Mike McQueary witnessed one of the alleged child sexual abuse attacks made by the school's former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.

The fallout from Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky's child sexual abuse scandal continues. 

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Just days after head coach Joe Paterno and school president Graham Spanier were fired for their failure to alert authorities after being informed of alleged instances of sexual assault being committed by Sandusky, the school's new president Rod Erickson announced Friday that assistant football coach, Mike McQueary, has been put on administrative leave, reports the Associated Press

On Thursday, Penn State announced McQueary would not be present at the university's Saturday football game because the assistant coach had received threats and it would be "in the best interest of all" for him not to attend. 

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McQueary testified before a grand jury in the investigation that eventually led to 40 sexual-abuse charges being filed against Sandusky Saturday Nov. 5. In his testimony, McQueary said that he saw Sandusky sodomizing a boy in the shower in 2002, and notified Paterno. 

"What became clear is that, under any circumstances, he would not be able to function in a coaching role," Erickson said in his first news conference as president Friday, adding McQueary was told of the decision Friday afternoon.

A Penn State graduate himself, McQueary played for Paterno as the team's starting quarterback in its 1997 season. He joined the football staff in 2000. 


 

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