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. TSIndiana

    Why are they suspending the guy who reported the acts to Paterno? That makes it look like retaliation by the school for reporting it in the first place !!!

    So now if you report criminal behavior to school authority...you can expect retaliation from the school. Wow...Penn State was once honorable, but now looks like the Catholic church or even worse... they will retaliate for reporting criminal behavior.

    November 11, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • George Guadiane - Austerlitz, NY

      I sort of had the same question, but they used the words "administrative leave." I'm HOPING that because he has received numerous threats that they are simply keeping him out of harm's way, not punishing him in any way.

      November 11, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • abtime

      Giving him a job for so many years looks more like "payoff" for keeping his mouth shut, than placing him on "administrative leave" (which should be termination) looks like retaliation to me.

      November 11, 2011 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • awhit21

      He is an adult and should have stopped what he saw immediately to save the boy...but no he walked away...and he alone should have reported it to the police since he was the eye witness.

      November 11, 2011 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  2. ddduck

    They're not all perverts. But they certainly have no claim to being a decent human being. I wonder if they can look in those kid's eyes and say they did what they could.

    November 11, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • abtime

      That's a profound statement to make on behalf of these people who were so complicit in the destruction of little children. What is it about their behavior, that you know of, that inspires you to declear with such authority "they are not all perverts?"

      November 11, 2011 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • ddduck

      I have no authority to judge that they are all perverts either. Perhaps the definition of "pervert" is at odds. They are all culpable in some way of allowing children to be vicitmized by a true "pervert".

      November 11, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Tater

    EGB1 A child was being RAPPED!!! and Mike wittnessed it and did nothing. He should have intervened. What the heck is wrong with our society. I have no simpathy for anyone who witnesses a horendous crime and does nothing. He might as well have been helping that monster!

    November 11, 2011 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. abtime

    These rumors of this man Sandusky "pimping" these children need to be fully investigated and every head found to be involved in that should roll, literally. The "money" is the key as to why this was allowed to keep going: money for Penn State via its football program and money for Sandusky's Foundation. Look at the members on that Foundation's Board, many with money. This Foundation served as cover for Sandusky to get his hands on countless innocent children. What did he do with them and too whom did he pimp them?(If this rumor is to be believed). Keeping in mind that this Foundation has been in existence since 1977, how many children's lives has this man destroyed over the years? Penn State needs to have that "football program" shelved and that "Foundation" needs to be shut down. Missing District Attorney Gricar probably knew too much about all of this for those involved, hence his disappearance.

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

    Now, there are threats made against the appointed interim football coach, who subsequently will not coach the team tomorrow.
    Simple solution to that: scrap the rest of the season for this team; there are only 3 games left.

    November 11, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  6. john, Vienna, Va

    Anyone connected with Penn State should be allowed ZERO involvement in this investigation, except for giving testimony to a federal prosecutor or the next grand jury (it is a given there will be another one). It's questionible the state level prosecutors can provide the assurance of integrity for everyone at this point. The state has such a large financial stake in the outcome.

    November 11, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Madeline Kirksey

    I have worked with children for 22 years and have never heard of anything so outrageous. If this man witness the act at 28 years old, his duty was to do more then call his daddy. wow! If it was his son in the shower, what would have been his reaction? Along with this, he did not tell the coach until the next day about the incident. He has as much morals and dignity as the rest. A job was more important then this child. We as teachers and those who are responsible for the well being of children or obligated to report abuse immediatley and not to our supervisior. This hurts my heart.

    November 11, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  8. VictimsRHero's

    Penn State for your roll in sweeping this horrible thing under the rug you owe EACH victim of monster Sandusky a very generous settlement offer, without the Courts. DO THE RIGHT THING.

    November 11, 2011 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  9. tutuvabene

    So much righteous indignation. It's easy to say "punch the f*^ker out" and fire/prosecute the whole bunch."

    November 11, 2011 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • dimaggio

      yes, because it makes more sense than doing nothing about it.

      November 11, 2011 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  10. D.J.

    Penn State Football is a $50 Million a year business. Multiply that figure by the number of College Football programs across the country. With that kind of money at stake, does anyone expect systemic and personal corruption not to occur? In other words, how far will these schools and the people running these programs go to protect this income and their jobs? The Saturday afternoon Hoopla, dancing cheerleaders and marching bands, is just smoke and mirrors.

    November 11, 2011 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  11. John Blackadder

    It looks way too much like retaliation to me!

    The message at Penn State is "Come forward, tell all ....... and lose your job".

    With the power of the football faction, McQueary would have expected to be fired if he had not done this through his boss.
    The real issue is that this probably went all the way to the trustees and the college executive. They are hiding the fact they knew by pointing at a low-level guy.
    The school should face suspension from football, an FBI probe and a wholesale leadership change for an egregious series of acts of dereliction.

    November 11, 2011 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Cindy

    I am not an advocate of violence but there are times that I feel it is appropriate and in 2002 in that shower was one of them. The graduate assistant should have gone in the shower and taken his fist to Sandusky's chin and laid him out. Then he should have looked the young boy in the eyes and told him he was going to bring him to a save place. The grad assistant should have then proceeded to an office locked the door and called the police, the boys parents and then the university's head of Psychology department to deal with the trauma that boy had just experienced, Joe Pa should not have been on his speed dial.

    My heart goes out to the victims who are witnessing their peers in the streets rioting and turning over trucks because of a football coach who did not do the right thing years ago. These victims are being traumatized all over again with the media coverage, arrests and the news media reports of people defending Joe Pa. I just can not image their pain. I am so outraged by this coverup. Sandusky has been abusing kids most likely since he was a teen. I am just sick to my stomach.

    Mike McQuery has had 9 years to do the right thing he could have sent an anonymous letter to the off campus police simply stating "Investigate Jerry Sandusky for child molestation.".

    November 11, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cindy

      I think those that are focusing on the words "Joe Pa" in my post, should reread my post. I have NO RESPECT for any of the adults who were involved in this cover up. I am sick to my stomach over this cover and I clear state "Joe Pa should not have been on speed dial". Please refocus your post to the topic.

      November 11, 2011 at 6:59 pm | Report abuse |
  13. cooper

    calling paterno 'joe pa' now is almost as nauseating as nancy grace calling casey anthony 'tot mom'. offensive.

    November 11, 2011 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cindy

      "Joe Pa" is the name students have been calling him for years. If you look at the support signs for Joe Peterno it simply states 'Joe Pa".

      November 11, 2011 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • dimaggio

      i realise that cindy. in light of the situation this kind of name is appalling. he does need that loving, familar name in light of all this that's going on. i have been a pa st fan for 50 years. the adulation needs to stop.

      November 11, 2011 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jean Sartre, Milwauke, WI

    I suspect, although I really do not know, that he was put on "Administrative Leave" for a variety of reasons:

    1) Because once he saw a coach sodomizing what he perceived as a 10-year old boy in the shower at Penn State, he did NOTHING to STOP it.

    2) He did not actually report the sodomy until the following day.

    3) He has many death threats against him and I really do not think Penn State wants the responsibility of protecting him.

    4) Having him at a football game is both an embarrassment and a distraction.

    5) He never notified the police.

    I cannot speak for the rest of you; however, IF I saw something like this in person, I would have beaten the living crap out of this person, helped the child, immediately, and then called the police!

    November 11, 2011 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Ashley

    Jean Sarte from Milwauke, I agree with you whole heartedly!!!!!! He should've gotten the beating of his life and that child should have been helped right then!!! How many kids were victimized AFTER that, that if he had stood up and did the right thing, even called the police RIGHT THEN, could have been saved?

    November 11, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
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