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Penn State: McQueary won’t coach Saturday due to threats
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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Penn State assistant coach Mike McQueary will miss Saturday’s game against Nebraska after the school said he received “multiple threats.”
McQueary testified in a grand jury investigation that eventually led to child sex-abuse charges being filed against former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky. The ensuing scandal brought down longtime coach Joe Paterno, who was fired by the university on Wednesday amid growing criticism that he should have done more to stop the alleged abuse.
McQueary, who testified that he saw Sandusky sodomizing a boy in the shower, encountered similar scrutiny. The university’s athletic department released a one-line statement Thursday night saying it would be “in the best interest of all” if the receivers coach didn’t attend the season’s final home game at Beaver Stadium.
Earlier Thursday, coach Tom Bradley, named by the school to replace Paterno on an interim basis, said it was up to university administrators to decide if McQueary should coach. Bradley also said he was not part of any discussion about potentially dismissing McQueary.
Sandusky was arrested and charged last Saturday. His lawyer maintains his client is innocent.
Paterno has not been implicated, and prosecutors have said he is not a target of the investigation. Curley and Schultz were each charged with perjury and failing to report the 2002 incident to authorities.
So, too, has McQueary, who has not spoken publicly. His mother, Anne, said Thursday they have been advised not to comment.
“The university — and you’ll have to ask the university — still has still has some deliberations to make in that respect,” Gov. Tom Corbett, a member of the school’s Board of Trustees, said after a trustees meeting earlier Thursday. “I have to see that the university addresses this in the proper way.”
A Penn State graduate and State College native, McQueary also played for Paterno. He was the starting quarterback of the 1997 team that finished 9-3. McQueary joined the staff as a graduate assistant in 2000 — the season after Sandusky retired — and moved on to become receivers coach and recruiting coordinator in 2004.
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