November 11th, 2011
04:18 PM ET

Penn State puts wide receivers' coach on leave

[Updated at 4:18 p.m. ET] Mike McQueary - the Penn State coach who told head coach Joe Paterno about a child sex abuse allegation involving a former coach in 2002 - has been placed on administrative leave, interim school President Rodney Ericson said Friday.

The leave is "indefinite," Ericson said.

McQueary, who coaches the team's wide receivers, was a 28-year-old graduate assistant when he told Paterno of the allegation in 2002.

The scandal revolves around Jerry Sandusky, the football team's former defensive coordinator who is accused of sexually assaulting children. The scandal has led to the departure of four top university figures, including Paterno, amid widespread outrage over their perceived failure to contact police.

[Updated at 12:19 p.m. ET] Officials on Friday picked the leaders of a special Penn State University panel to investigate allegations that a former assistant football coach sexually abused children.

Kenneth Frazier, a Penn State trustee, will chair the university's special committee looking into the child sex abuse allegations. Frazier told the board of trustees on Friday that the inquiry will be "rigorous, objective and impartial."

State Education Secretary Ronald Tomalis will be the vice chairman and other committee members will be determined later, it was announced at a board meeting.

[Initial post, 10:16 a.m. ET] The interim president of Penn State University said Friday the board of trustees will vote on a proposal "to form a special committee to undertake a full and complete investigation of the circumstances that gave rise to the grand jury report" into child sex abuse allegations against former Penn State football coach Jerry Sandusky.

Rodney Erickson said it has been "truly difficult to comprehend the terrible nature of the allegations" of child sex abuse. He told the board of trustees his "heart aches" for the victims of the abuse.

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  1. Paterno's Rights!?

    For those who are appalled at PSU students rioting – let me tell you, they do GET IT!....

    No one is disputing the fact that the children who were abused are the victims....But, they also get the fact that Joe Pa's rights were violated as well. He has the right to do what he's enjoyed doing for 60+ years. He's not the judge, jury and executioner – he's the football coach. Nothing more, nothing less. There's was no longer an employee/supervisor relationship! Joe Pa, Me, or you are required to report to police something we didn't witness. Much less, report what we had already disclosed to a grand jury! There's a tenet call separation of duties and Joe Pa fulfilled his duties. Joe Pa's role for these type incidents was clear – report incident to your superior, the AD. It's out of his hands at that point since there's a separate process to investigate, report and prosecute. For Joe Pa to step beyond his role could have led to possible insubordination and justifiable firing. If the football coach should do more when an incident happens, define what that is, put it in writing, modify the policies, communicate and train the football coaching staff as to the new policies. Don't hold them accountable for something they are not responsible for! And as the saying goes: don't shoot the messenger! It's unfortunate that children were harmed, but they were not harmed directly or indirectly by Joe Pa! I got a news flash for ya too, Jerry Sandusky is STILL innocent of all charges last time I checked!

    November 11, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bernard

      you're a slimeball

      November 11, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bryan

      Go crawl back under whatever rock you crawled out from. You're a disgusting human being.

      November 11, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • billythebigbone

      he know about this in 2002 but in your mind its ok

      November 11, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Barbara in Harrisburg PA

      Screw JoePa and the rest of them.

      ALL of them!! They deserve EVERY SINGLE THING THAT IS COMING THERE WAY!!!

      I'm sorry, but I live in PA and when you sit and preach about "ethics" and "doing things the RIGHT way, the Penn State way" then you darn well better LIVE YOUR LIFE THAT WAY!! And none of them did. They placed football and money and the BRAND that is "Penn State" over the welfare and safety of children.

      LITTLE KIDS G*DDAMNIT!! Some as young as EIGHT!! What sick individuals allow these things to continue, and only take away someone's KEYS?!?!?!

      They can all rot.

      November 11, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • OBG

      No, you don't get it.

      November 11, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • andrew211

      your an idiot it is his legal olbigation to report abuse of childeren check the federal statutes you slimeball

      November 11, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • james

      Seriously, your arguement is "it was not his job" to call the police. In my opinion, suspected child molestation does not stop at "hey, I told my supervisor". Really? This is not about being a football coach, an employee, or supervisor; it is about molesting children and doing what is right to stop it. "Seperation of Duties" do you really have to spell out in someones job description they should report child molestation to the police, or is it just something a decent human being should know???

      November 11, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • HeyGuy101

      ARE YOUR KIDDING ME? "He told his supervisor" so that is good enough for you? Just so you know your supervisor is not the law, Joe KNEW of illiegal acts being committed against children and did nothing – that is the truth. By not reporting the information he had to the authorities he actively allowed these crimes to continue. I am so tired of people being idolized cause they can throw a ball or teach others how to do it, this is one of the things that is wrong with our country. We let people not obey the LAW because they entertain us – NOT ACCEPTABLE. I'm sorry that your idol did something wrong but he did and the victims will pay for his INACTION for the rest of their lives.

      November 11, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • schrish

      corn huskers v. corn holers on saturday

      November 11, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Terry

      I think Pennsylvania's an at-will state, so they can fire anyone they please. Fact is, though, he's toxic now. He had to go. Nobody will send their kids to a place that employs child rapists or those who didn't use the knowledge they had to apprehend a child rapist. I know college kids are thought of as men and women, but they go there as kids.

      November 11, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • BillJ

      What a crock. McQueary and Paterno are both guilty of allowing Sandusky to hurt children. They should be ashamed and so should anyone trying to defend them. The fact that McQueary didn't step up and pummel the living crap out of Sandusky right there and then in the locker room tells me all I need to know about his character. The fact that neither he, nor JoePa, nor many others at PSU didn't make sure the police fully investigated the situation shows what kind of people they are. May they all suffer the rest of their days, the way those kids have had do.

      November 11, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • gremlinus

      There is a difference between criminal charges and morality clauses in job contracts. Many people ESPECIALLY athletes and coaches have code of conduct clauses in their contracts. Universities often have similar clauses. It takes a lot less to violate them than it does to convict someone of a crime. And the higher profile you are, the more likely you are to get fired once things come out.

      November 11, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Spock500

      Have you no sense of decency?

      November 11, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff D

      Wow! You really, really don't get it – or are trying really hard to deliberately avoid the obvious. How can reporting (even if it's second hand) a felony accusation to police be insubordination? Quite the opposite is true – workplaces cannot generally restrict anyone's ability to provide good faith reports of potential criminal activity. If handled discreetly with real law enforcement then no harm even if the accusations didn't ultimately stand up. It's not about football or being a coach or AD or grad assistant, etc. Its about being a responsible human being and citizen. If you need employer provided policies or training or job descriptions to know that you should do everything you can to shed light on potential child abuse then you definitely don't deserve any kind of position of authority!

      November 11, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • ReallyRob

      Your right on everything till the end part here. (you didn't need to throw that in, that's just asking for trouble)

      November 11, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Terry

      And please stop calling him Joe Pa. That's a term of affection. Through inaction he aided and abetted a child rapist. His name is Paterno, and all the good he's done means nothing now. Ask Victim 1, whose ordeal with Sanduky started AFTER Paterno found out about it all and did nothing....

      November 11, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ben

      To Paterno's Rights!?: If I witnessed or knew about an incident that invloved a child being molested, I would not for a second consider my career or anything else other than the safety and justice for that child. I can't fathom how anyone who knew about this incident could possible sleep at night knowing that the guy who did this was free. I can't grasp that kind of thinking. This is exactly like the hit and run of a toddler in China where many people just walked right by the child lying in the street. It's no differernt in my mind.

      November 11, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kathy

      You are a horrific human being and it would not surpise me if YOU are in fact a child molester. Maybe you would have an ounce of compassion if Sandusky had slammed you up against a shower wall when you were 8 years old!!!
      I pray to God you do not have children. If you do, God help them. One last comment on your idiotic post, educate yourself on the law!!!! Your message is that if a football coach should do more then he really needs to have that spelled out in black and white, otherwise how could this poor little coach know? Two words for ya...COMMON SENSE!!!!!

      November 11, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • jerry

      1. As badly as I feel for him, he neglected his responsibility to follow up and determine weather his superior contacted police.2. I wonder how many people will agree with this: Sports in this country takes too much precedence over most everything else, having no plausible concerns for people, respect for life, welfare, but only for the win, the win, the win...3.There will be lawsuits, and they will be won.4. The dirty coach who got away with this discusting behavior over all these years, will pay, in one way or another, and I hope in the worst way.

      November 11, 2011 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ?????

    This guys was the one that told university officials of the situation why know all of the sudden he is been punish??? University officials where the ones that needed to call the cops and deal with the situation not a graduate assistant.

    November 11, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • billythebigbone

      he should have went to the POLICE.

      November 11, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • ddduck

      And they didn't go to the police. Then he does nothing. More victims. He can just look away saying "it's not my responsibility." It is everybody's responsibility to protect children. What is so difficult about this concept????

      November 11, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • DUh

      Because he FAILED to call the cops too! He should get fire for the same reason Joe Pa did, you see a kid getting violated and you tell the coaches? No you call the police, he is just as guilty of the perpetuation.

      November 11, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Julie

    I hope I do not hear that they end up firing this grad asst because HE did not do more in 2002....he was only 19 – 20 at the time and he went immediately to his boss, Joe Paterno, and reported it. He also had meetings weeks later with Schultz and Curley where he repeated what he saw. Schultz and Curley lied to the grand jury about what McQuery told them and both have now been charge with perjury. Paterno was also in on at least one of those meetings. The only action taken was to ban Sandusky from using the Penn State facilities.
    These 3 older men also knew that Sandusky had been investigated in 1998 for a similar incidence and that local police had been called in. However, the head of the University police called the local police and told them to drop the case and they did. Why, I don't know. Did the Univ police even have that authority or was it done as a 'courtesy'?
    Sandusky started his charitable organization for troubled youths back in 1977 and as far as we know the first time an incident became public was in 1998....so he already had 20 yrs of pedophile activity under his belt b/c we all know it didn't just start in 1998. I am sickened to think how many boys he has molested in the last 35 years and that more will come forward now.

    November 11, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Julie

      ...I did not mean that I am sickened that more will come forward...I meant to type and I believe more will come forward now.

      November 11, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • bcd

      he was 28

      November 11, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jackson

      He was 28 – he should not of walked away.

      November 11, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • cb

      Julie – he was 28. He was a MAN.

      November 11, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • please read more carefully

      "McQueary, who coaches the team's wide receivers, was a 28-year-old graduate assistant when he told Paterno of the allegation in 2002."

      He was NOT 18 -19 years old.

      November 11, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • DUh

      When I was 28 I knew it was wrong. No excuse

      November 11, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phil

      He wouldn't be a grad assistant if he were only 19 or 20,

      November 11, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • mjcarter

      Julie: McQueary was 28 years old at the time he witnessed Sandusky raping a 10 year old in the shower. And what
      did he do? Did he stop the assault? Call the cops? No, he called his daddy! What a guy!

      November 11, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Keith

      @Julie That grad assistant was 28 years old when he witnessed Jerry Sandusky violating that young boy. 28 YEARS OLD!!! He should of intervened and called 911.

      November 11, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • calleigh

      just because he was only 19/20 doesn't erase the fact that he should have stopped it and called the police.he had several meetings, he had time to report it. fire the slime ball. he covered it up for 12 yars.

      November 11, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Julie

      I STAND CORRECTED – I guess I got the dates and his age at the time messed up. I'd delete this comment if I could figure out how to do it.

      November 11, 2011 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  4. charles bowen

    Another Witch Hunt with Massive Colateral Damage......Charles Bowen Solomon Stone

    November 11, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • HeyGuy101

      How is finding the truth, whether we like it or not a witch hunt? I think alot of people here just don't get it.

      November 11, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Alice

    I am conflicted over this guy. On the one hand he didn't go to the police, in the first place, and should have. On the other hand he was honest with the grand jury. Without him there might not be a case to try. So I need to understand what the University is trying to do. Is administrative leave simply to remove him from the coaching staff, with pay? Or are they trying to punish him?

    November 11, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Keith

      Part of it must be to keep McQueary safe. After all, he has received death threats from Joe Pa supporters. Do you really think McQueary should be standing on the sidelines today with all those haters in the stadium?

      November 11, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Lance

    He's just as guilty as Sandusky... the only person who witnessed the events first hand, and he did nothing, he should've called the cops then and there, not wait until days later to pass the buck on to other people who didn't witness anything... If he would have it would've saved 5 of the kids from being molested after the 2002 incident... His head should have rolled well before Paterno's, but Paterno was the bigger name and PSU had to appease the public.

    November 11, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  7. andy

    sad.... sad.... sad....

    maybe they need to change the dress-code for football?

    November 11, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  8. rosita

    IT IS TIME TO CLEAN HOUSE PENN, all of the people (MEN) involved should be on trial and then be transferred to jail

    November 11, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • cb

      Penn is different than Penn State.

      November 11, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • susie

      Rosita – FYI – Penn is an Ivy League school in Philadelphia – this scandal is at Penn State, not Penn. Please people, get the name of the school you are bashing correct.

      November 11, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Kathy Starr

    What kind of message does this send here? Next time you see somthing, keep quite! It blows my mind. If you witness any kind of child abuse, the law says you must report it, but then the authorities either do nothing about it or YOU get into trouble. What a screwed up system we live in.

    November 11, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • evilCWOW

      WOW

      November 11, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  10. city1360

    actually the entire football program should be stopped for a few years. The behavior of students is beyond belief- there is no excuse for it- graduating seniors will have a even harder time finding jobs when prospective employers find out they went to penn state– this school may not make it anyway= the law suits will most likely cause the school to close

    November 11, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • cb

      So the football team should be punished for the awful acts of a few men within the administration? Anyone with a brain knows that those few do not represent the greater and wider university, which is full of bright young people. Why do you think it is one of the TOUGHEST school to get into in the country? Prospective employers will recognize this as well. Obviously you did not go to Penn State and know that they WILL emerge better and stronger than before.

      November 11, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Phil

      I see that the State Attorney General is now on the Board of Trusties. Where was he for the last 8 years? I can't believe that he didn't know what was going on. Also, some of the board had to know. Are they going to cover their asses.

      November 11, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Amazed

    McQueary is not a whistle blower...he saw a crime being commited and did not call the police! His father is just as guilty as anyone else. His father told him to go see Joe...are you serious? If McQueary trully told his father what what he claims in the Grand Jury report, as a parent I would have told my son to hang up the phone and call 911 NOW! Then if the university tried to punish him he would be covered by whistle blower laws. No sympathy for McQueary, now go after his father.

    November 11, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  12. andrew211

    how is it as the article stated a "percieved failure to contact police" do they mean failure to contact police??? this article needs to write with a clear head

    November 11, 2011 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  13. What the....????

    Can someone tell me why Penn State officials are being allowed to investigate these crimes? Shouldn't an outside federal government agency be doing this? They received FEDERAL money...why isn't the FBI involved here????

    This is akin to the catholic leaders investigating the pedophelia crimes in the catholic church. HUH???

    November 11, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • evilCrossStateLines

      Especially considering Sandusky took some of the boys across state lines.

      November 11, 2011 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • evilCrossStateLines

      Actually the federal department of education has started an investigation as well.

      November 11, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  14. TG

    The fact that PSU Students actually starting rioting in protest of their beloved coaches dismissal shows the intelligence that is obviously lacking from PSU student body and faculty alike. So it is not a shock that those involved did not have enough brains to report the situation in the first place. Casterization for the coach who committed these heinous acts and firing for any adult who knew and did not report to police along with possible prosecution for aiding and abetting.

    November 11, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  15. allens

    i did not see why McQueary was put on leave

    November 11, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • gboy

      Then you're an idiot. As a 28 year old man, if you saw a 50 something man sodomizing a 10 year old boy... a person with a 60 I.Q would know to go to the police immediately.. Apparently your I.Q. falls well below 60!

      November 11, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • gremlinus

      Honestly, if I was a 6' something 28 year old and I saw a 50 something man sodomizing a 10 year old. I wouldn't call the cops. I'd call an ambulance to pick up the guy after I beat the cr*p out of him.

      November 11, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
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