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Earlier in the day, Tom Bradley was introduced as interim head coach, marking the first time in almost a half-century the Nittany Lions have been guided by anyone other than Paterno.

“We’re obviously in a very unprecedented situation,” said Bradley, who was Paterno’s lead assistant for the last 11 seasons. “I have to find a way to restore the confidence.”

The committee has no timetable.

And no shortage of questions to answer _ from how much Paterno actually knew to the future of his staff, including assistant coach Mike McQueary, who told Paterno but not police about seeing Sandusky in a shower with a young boy in 2002.

“We intend to be as responsible as we can and make whatever changes are necessary,” board vice chair John Surma said.

McQueary, now the team’s wide receivers coach, won’t be present for the final home game of the season Saturday against Nebraska because of what the university said were “multiple threats.”

Elsewhere, in forums online, and in comments on other websites, others called for McQueary to be fired, but the assistant coach could be protected as a whistleblower.

Gerald J. Williams, a partner at a Philadelphia law firm, said Pennsylvania law is broad in protecting a person who reports wrongdoing, as long as that person is part of a governmental or quasi-governmental institution, of which Penn State would be one.

That protection includes any kind of adverse employment action _ such as being fired, demoted, ostracized or punished _ although a court, ultimately, would determine whether the person is protected if they bring a claim, Williams said.

The penalty on an employer can include monetary damages, attorneys’ fees and reinstatement of the employee, he said.

Sandusky, Paterno’s onetime heir apparent, has been charged with molesting eight boys over 15 years. Athletic director Tim Curley and university vice president Gary Schultz have been charged with perjury and failure to report the 2002 assault to police, as required by state law.

All three maintain their innocence.

In Texas, San Antonio police Sgt. Chris Benavides said his department was “looking into the possibility that an offense may have happened” when Penn State’s team was there for the Alamo Bowl in 1999.

The grand jury report said one of Sandusky’s alleged victims was on the trip with him and he threatened to send him home.

Paterno is not a target of the criminal investigation, having fulfilled his legal requirement by reporting what McQueary told him to Curley and Schultz. But the state police commissioner called Paterno’s failure to contact police or follow up on the incident a lapse in “moral responsibility.”

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