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. banasy©

    Should have done this in 1998 and 2002.

    November 11, 2011 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Hooch

      Penn State should devote significant portions of its money, resources and energy to study and understand how/why this tragedy happens in our society. Other organization should join this quest, but Penn State should take the initiative and go first.

      November 11, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  2. mrick

    Why no charge against coach who didn't stop the abuse as it was happening? He could have stopped it right there ! Gutless.

    November 11, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
    • suzangrace

      he needs to go!

      November 11, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Scottish Mama

    I think the police and FBI should handle it. I think the days of a University commitee have come and gone, like 10 years ago.

    November 11, 2011 at 10:36 am | Report abuse |
    • Kay

      The committee handles university issues. The police handle criminal issues. Not the same thing. Neither should be handling the other's issues. (And the FBI has no role in this.)

      November 11, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  4. bobcat ( in a hat )

    @Scotttish Mama

    This should absolutely be handled by law enforcement. A university committee will do nothing but try to sweep it under the rug, because they don't want anymore of a black eye than they already have.

    November 11, 2011 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Kay

      The police *CANNOT* handle University issues. For crying out loud. Do you truly not understand the difference between administrative issues and criminal issues?

      November 11, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • suzangrace

      look at how they handled it lastt ime. they are not capable to investigate. leave it to law enfoorcement! this is criminal. not like it was a keg party!

      November 11, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Donna

      Law enforcement have known about and have been monitoring Sandusky since 1998. THEY dropped the ball!!

      November 11, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  5. banasy©

    Oh, I think they're on it already, guys.
    The committee can't possibly put the cat back into the hat, er... bag.

    November 11, 2011 at 11:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Kay

      No...but they can set a path for what happens next as regards the University. For example, they can revise policy to make it clear about calling 911. The police certainly can't do that for them.

      November 11, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Scottish Mama

    @bobcat(in a hat) foxes watching the hen house again. Let's investigate ourselves. dorks

    November 11, 2011 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  7. bobcat ( in a hat )

    I'll blame my stupid statement on a senior moment. DUUUUHHHH
    I can't believe I said that.

    November 11, 2011 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  8. banasy©

    @bobcat (in a hat)

    November 11, 2011 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  9. cbrian17

    No charge? How is it a crime not to report to police something that you see? What fantasy world do you live in that this is a crime mrick?

    November 11, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • BB

      He followed protocal it's the athletic directors fault.

      November 11, 2011 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  10. banasy©

    Cbrian: he meant why is there no charges against McQueary, who actually busted Sandusky raping the boy and didn't stop it.
    I happen to agree with him

    November 11, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  11. banasy©

    Penn State should consider it, dismiss it, and call the big boys in to deal with their lack of foresight and blind aftersight.

    November 11, 2011 at 12:25 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Scottish Mama

    Penn State should vote to make it policy, if anyone comes forward with a raype, se-x-u–al assault, of any kind that the person who takes the complaint goes to the police immediately.

    November 11, 2011 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  13. banasy©

    And not to Campus Police, either; those who are outside of any university influence.

    November 11, 2011 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  14. KcCritic

    What better way for a pedophile to have unlimited access to unlimited victims? A boys club for underpriveleged boys?!? This Sandusky character is one sick b$$@ard! Paterno, he's responsible too!! That coachs assistant, WHY didn't he stop him? If he couldn't physically stop him, then call the cops or someone who could for gawds sake! The kids who were protesting Paternos' firing, you should be ashamed! That man is no better than Sandusky! Bet they wouldn't have been "rah rahing" him if their brothers had been one of that sickos victims. Get real with yourselves...

    November 11, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      Paterno didn't do what he was morally obligated (if not legally obligated) to do, but that doesn't make him equal to the molester. He at least went to the authorities.

      November 11, 2011 at 4:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • toadears

      Pedophiles groom their victims. They work long and hard to set up just the right scenario to make it seem less 'forbidden' for the sake of the victim. You should read about what happened with that pervert Lawrence King (not the TV guy) and Boys Town in Omaha. They are professional criminals who premeditate their every move.

      November 11, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  15. pmk1953

    What happens on campus, stays on campus. I went to University Park in the fall of '73. If something happened on campus and you went to the city police, all hell broke loose. A kid in my dorm got in a fight on campus and filed charges in town. They threatened to expel him if he didn't drop the charges and agree to school policies. I imagine that still goes on as the school has gotten bigger.

    November 11, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kay

      Things have changed a lot in the last 40 years...or haven't you noticed?

      November 11, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
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