Penn State Coach Mike McQueary Placed On Paid Leave

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Penn State assistant coach Mike McQueary, a key witness in the child sex abuse scandal that has engulfed the school, has been placed on administrative leave.

School president Rodney Erickson announced the move Friday, a day after the school said McQueary would not be present when the Nittany Lions play Nebraska on Saturday because he had received 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 university trustees amid growing criticism that he should have done more to stop the alleged abuse.

(Copyright 2011 The Associated Press)

  • Ms Molly

    People are saying that the children are being forgotten. that will be corrected. The person being forgotten is the evil man who started all of this …. Sandusky. Once in jail, I hope BuBa has his face tattooed…. “I am a repist”.

  • VU2012

    Mike McQueary did not do enough when he saw Jerry Sandusky with a boy in the Penn State showers. Joe Paterno did not do enough when told of Sandusky’s crime. The Penn State administration did not do enough to protect children on its campus while Sandusky used the auspices of the football program to pursue victims for more than a decade.

    Now the Penn State trustees is proving that in Happy Valley, inaction and shortsightedness are endemic. Even while dismissing the president of the university and their famous football coach, the trustees are failing to grasp the enormity of the crimes committed on their watch.

    What we know now is that key members of the Penn State football program were serial enablers of child rape and molestation.

    Dismissing the university president and athletic director is not enough, not when your campus has been used as a safe haven and hunting ground by a pedophile. Firing Paterno is not enough, not when Paterno neglected to use his immense power to halt the abuse of children.

    It is time for the powers that be to use their powers pointedly and appropriately.

    Penn State should cancel the rest of the football season.

    The NCAA should investigate the football program and consider the death penalty.

    Many of the people who rioted on the Penn State campus Wednesday night in protest of Paterno’s dismissal probably plan to attend the football game on campus Saturday. They should not be given any forum in which to voice their delusions, and certainly not a 106,572-seat stadium in which to hold an undeserved memorial to Paterno’s tainted career.

    Playing a football game on that campus at this time would trivialize the abuse of children on that campus, would signal to the many victims and those who care about them that beating Nebraska is more important than beginning the arduous process of cleansing the program.

    Playing a football game on Saturday originally would have meant allowing McQueary to coach. No one should have to see that, and no one will, as the school said Thursday night he will sit out because of threats made against him.

    Cancelling the game does not require much thought or backbone. It is the only conscionable decision.

    The NCAA must display a conscience as well. This is an institution that punishes coaches for offering their players rides, that shut down Southern Methodist’s football program for paying athletes.

    Compared with serial pedophilia, what happened on the SMU campus is the equivalent of spitting on the sidewalk.

    Let no one say that some good will come of these events, but the NCAA can use Penn State as a disgusting example of what can transpire when a college football program becomes omnipotent.

    McQueary saw Sandusky with a boy in the football locker room shower. He passed the buck to Paterno, the most powerful man on campus. Paterno passed the buck to his boss. Even as rumors of Sandusky’s alleged crimes proliferated and he was the target of a police investigation into his relationship with another boy, McQueary and Paterno did nothing while Sandusky used the football program as the candy with which to seduce children.

    College football has long been a receptacle of corruption and greed. Only on a campus where the football coach is treated as part Pope and part Patton could such evil persist for so long.

    The NCAA should prove that it cares about more than $50 handshakes between alumni and athletes, that it holds universities responsible for all of the ills that occur within their bloated football programs.

    When the NCAA levies its harshest penalties, it cites a school’s “lack of institutional control.” There has never been a clearer case of university lacking institutional control over its football program than Penn State allowing Sandusky to bring children to the team’s sidelines and showers.

    • VU2012

      Why the death penalty?

      Tteams have received the NCAA’s harshest penalty for much less. What you have at Penn State is young children being abused for two decades. If the NCAA shys away from instituting the death penalty to Penn State Football, then it will confirm that it is a toothless tiger with no real power to maintain a moral and ethical power of all universities..

      I’m sure many would use the money that Penn State brings NCAA as an excuse to not drop the hammer on them. After all, you can’t remove one of the biggest and most popular schools from college football, can you?

      If you don’t, it would just be what everybody has been doing all along. Turning a blind eye and looking the other way.

      That has been done enough.

      It’s about time some justice is served.

  • May I say

    Totally agree with Lance & Kathy. Why does he still have his job and Joepa doesn’t. 2011-2002=9 years. More abuse & more victims. How could he not save that child!!! Seriously, PSU, why are u still keeping him?????

  • Kathy

    Before even calling the police..he witnessed an assault on a child. He should have stopped it!!! Paid leave??? He should have been the first to go!

    • Dee

      Kathy, could not agree with you more. Very simple you see abuse occurring, you intervene and you stop it right then and there!! Should have been no hesitancy on the part of the assistant to stop the act and use force if need be . Begs to understand why he allowed the act to continue. Joe Paterno did as the Penn State guidelines told him too, perhaps having faith that the right punishment would be implemented. A mistake on his part to not place a call to the police and CPS with the assistant in his office immediately. We can all speculate am sure more will come of this. A very sad day for the victims. Unfortunate for Joe Paterno. To allow a paid leave of absence to the assistant who could have physically stopped the abuse is beyond all understanding.

  • Lance

    You know…. if he had called the police rather than Joe, he could have stopped 11 more yeaers of abuse to young boys. I’m sure he is a very nice person, but he was 28 at that time and knew right from wrong. he’s guilty of complicity in these crimes.

    • Dee

      Agree Lance, the one that was directly a witness to the act occuring is on a paid leave. And a coach who gave 61 years of his life to the school and to the program is fired.. as he should have done more .. go figure. I suspect that the assistant will be used and they don’t want to fire him. Stay tuned

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