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. EGB1

    Singling this guy out is a perfect way to encourage future employees to pretend they don't see anything, and to keep their mouths shut, especially if it involves reporting the behavior of someone senior to them. Why is the one person who did something halfway responsible being singled out?

    November 11, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • cornholio

      absolutely. Having worked in government for 30 years, it is obvious that if you want to keep feeding your family, you don't report anything outside the "chain of command". This again confirms it. People may not like it, but it's a fact.

      November 11, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • tutuvabene

      Couldn't have said it any better.

      November 11, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • JNO

      Keep in mind folks that this guy saw a 57 yr old man raping a 10 year old boy. I don't need to tell anyone anything if I walk in on that, I march straight over and knock the f'er out. Period. Then I call police right then and there. He should be fired and then sent off to jail. I suspect he enjoyed watching. Sicko.

      November 11, 2011 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • booboo

      you guys are all nuts. what if this where your son/daughter, grandchild? i'm sure putting him 'on leave' would not e enough for you.. he could have prevented this mess by calling the place. now liook what has happened.

      November 11, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lily

      They had the chance to go to the police after they knew nothing was being done, they chose not too and sweep it under the rug. He continued to coach next to this man knowing exactly what he did. How could you do that especially when your the one that saw it and make a conscious decision to let him still walk around free? Maybe it will encourage people to call the police instead like they should have.

      November 11, 2011 at 5:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • cornholio

      JNO you just don't know how the world works. If you physically attack Sandusky you will be charged with some felony and probably in a civil suit as well.The kid probably denies anything happened. Even if he wants to testify, his parents don't want the embarrassment, and won't allow him to testify. It ends up being your word against Sandusk's, except he has obviuosly been beaten up. Best case scenario for you is that you are acquitted (but probably not) after months of litigation and tens of thousands of dollars in attorney's fees. Not a proper outcome, but likely the best one you can hope for.

      November 11, 2011 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lily

      @ Cornholio This is a very sad world indeed if its okay to allow children to be molested.

      November 11, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • cornholio

      LILY, I agree. I'm just projecting what effect an attack on Sandusky would have had on JNO. I agree that Sandusky certainly should have been "interrupted".

      November 11, 2011 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lily

      @ Cornholio okay good because for a second there I was wondering=)

      November 11, 2011 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  2. jimbo

    Jerry Sandusky is married with several grown kids. Hard to believe that no one in his family knew about his deviant life.

    November 11, 2011 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • EmeraldCity

      Especially his wife.

      November 11, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • JNO

      oh she knew...don't be naive

      November 11, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      He had 6 adopted children ....... is anyone checking to see what he has done to them?

      November 11, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lily

      I would be willing to bet they are, if not than they are again dropping the ball on this!

      November 11, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Paul N Destin

    Mike and his father made a mistake thinking Joe and the bunch at PSU would handle the issue. Little did Mike and dad know that PSU already was aware of Sandusky's problems since 99 and wanted to prevent just what has happened this very week. Joe and his group have ruined the life of Mike as well as others trying to keep the lid on the mess.

    November 11, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ken

      To a certain extent that's true..but a some point you need to take responsibility...both Mike and his father had 9 years to correct Mike's inaction on the faithful day..and it certainly appears they they chose a secure job with Joe Paterno instead. You can't regret it now.

      November 11, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  4. donnilee

    That's what the grand jury investigation was. If you read it, you will see they have definitely determined that there was illegal activity on the part of not only the accused, but his superiors and that there was definitely a cover-up, failure to act and that false statements were given to the grand jury. What does that mean? It means this will be pursued legally in criminal court. Unfortunately, these things take time and who will be charged remains to be seen. Hopefully, all those who put the university's reputation above the welfare of the those children will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

    November 11, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dodie Stephens

      AMEN!

      November 11, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lily

      People who are faithful to Paterno and Penn State could care less about that. They just wanna win football games....who cares if a few kids get molested=(

      November 11, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  5. db

    A crime was alledgedly committed. This now is out of the Universitys hands and in the hands of law enforcement. Anything else is a sham.

    November 11, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Pete T184

    Everyone who knew and did not call the cops should be fired, including McQueary. The football program at Penn State should be shut down for five years, just to show that there are some things more important than football. I refuse to believe that the other coaches on Paterno's staff did not also know about this, and if so, each of them should also be fired.

    November 11, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  7. tutuvabene

    Erickson said in another interview that no one should be afraid of doing the right thing. Well, McQueary did what he thought was the right thing but look where it's getting him. "Administrative leave" in this day and age is a euphamism for "about to be canned." Apparently, in the eyes of the administration and the media he didn't do the right enough thing. If society adapts this "off with all their heads" policy, some might take the Sergeant Schultz approach and say " I see nothing, I hear nothing" and run, if not walk, the other way. I can't say as I blame them. It's hard to have children suffer at the hands of adults like this but at the same time self preservation comes first.

    November 11, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Jeff

    McQueary should be fired, period! How could anyone walk in on a child being sodomized and not do anything about it, except tell his father and a coach?! Like everyone else who knew about it, he also did not report it to the authorities. Sure, he testified to the grand jury, but years later, so he is no "whistleblower", as perhaps some may attempt to describe him. Besides the actual perpetrator, no one else here is more culpable!

    November 11, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • tutuvabene

      Let's just close down the whole d@mn school while we're at it. After all the school had the facilities where the dirty deeds where done.

      November 11, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lily

      I agree totally, not sure why some people believe he did the right thing. The right thing would have been......1st remove the kid from the situation (maybe or maybe not at least punching this guy) 2nd taken the kid to the hospital and calling the police...that would have been the proper way to handle a situation where a kid is being molested by a adult.

      November 11, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      You are spot on.

      November 11, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Hedge

    If McQueary reported this, why would they put him on leave, unless he knows more than is being reported, it's his bosses that should be fired all around

    November 11, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fiona

      Wow. Tried to post and it was killed. I guess you need to talk around the subjunctive here. He was in the locker room, Hedge. He chose not to intervene, but let the abuse of that little boy continue. Then he passed on the responsibility (he thought) to Sandusky's superior. It's obvious to anyone with morals.

      November 11, 2011 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fiona

      ...subject

      Drat you autocomplete.

      November 11, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Lily

    At least 3 people admitted knowing and doing nothing. All grown men so far and some probably had children.....sad

    November 11, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Fiona

    "Leave" ain't good enough. Prosecution might be.

    November 11, 2011 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  12. woodrow

    I think they should fire the whole board too. They created the climate that led to the abuse. Fire them all. Why not. Fire the whole school.

    November 11, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • tutuvabene

      Yeah, close the school. Close the state where it happend. Close the whole friggen country.

      November 11, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Ken

    There are many frauds and cowards in this horrific affair...but one can only wonder why both Mike and his father chose to remain silent for 9 years after that faithful day in the shower. Maybe they were afraid of a backlash from Mike not dealing with it aggressively right there in the shower..or maybe they just felt a secure job next to their idol Joe Paterno was worth more those kids' lives.

    November 11, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  14. jrh512

    I feel bad for this guy. He was 28 years old when this happened. Paterno and Sandusky were father figures to McQueary for 10 years. McQueary walked into a scene that was unimaginable. He freak out and left the scene. After talking it over with his dad, they decided the best course of action was to tell Paterno(at this point it was McQueary's word against Sandusky).............In hindsight, I think McQueary would have done things differently.

    November 11, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • booboo

      would you 'feel sorry' for this guy if it were your child. think not.

      November 11, 2011 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  15. John

    if only you people can show this kind of rage towards the churches,....then maybe we can get somewhere with this sleeping with boys thing.....

    November 11, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
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