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. ferrara

    Had I been that grad student seeing an adult man raping that kid, I'd have pulled the kid away instantly and gotten the police!
    Had I been *me* witnessing the crime, I'd have dialed 911 and then have found a big bat or stick and slammed the rapist in the back to get him off the kid!

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

      99.99% say the same thing but the truth is every day many people are beaten, robbed and murdered while witnesses turn their heads and/or won't even pickup the cell phone to call 911. The assistant was dealing with a VIP in an Ivory Tower. The assistant is only at Penn state since 2002 because of the whistle blower law. Boston Red Sox, the Moorman's did what Penn State wish they could have done and fire him and every other messenger.
      The assistant wanted to be a coach and he is a great coach he followed the chain of command. But he knew of the situation so he called his father who is a great friend of JoePa. His father scheduled the meeting with JoePa and at the meeting the FATHER told the story and Joe Looked at the assistant and the assistant nodded. Joe thought about it and called the administration. The Assistant knew if he went alone he was dead. His father is a close friend of JoePa so Joe could not deny the event but Joe never asked a single question... Just looked at the assistant for confirmation ....They were dealing with the Godfather....Sandusk came around with more kids the coaching staff turned their heads.

      November 12, 2011 at 7:08 am | Report abuse |
  2. Deb Brobst

    Has anyone realized that the Pa. Attorney General at the time of the 33rd Grand Jury Investigation in Centre County, Pa. was/is now Pa. Governor Tom Corbitt?

    November 11, 2011 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jerry Sandusky

    Everybody hit the showers boys!

    November 11, 2011 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Shane Ham

    I don't understand why Joe Paterno, is getting all this BS. This is the problem with well-known people. The bigger they are the harder they fall. It's really amusing that Joe Paterno, when all he did was talk to his superior; which is what you're SUPPOSED to do, did just that.. Yes, he should've probably done more about it. But where are the names of the people who actually commited this crime? Huh? Where? I mean seriously, blame the guy, who did what he was supposed to do, and leave the actual criminals out of it. Great job America.

    November 11, 2011 at 10:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ben Hogan

      In hindsight I wish I had done more....JoePA

      November 12, 2011 at 7:10 am | Report abuse |
  5. leeintulsa

    Patience is a virtue. Clearly, this thing has just begun.

    November 11, 2011 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Daisy

    God bless the victims.My support goes out to them and their families.

    November 11, 2011 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jim Moses

    He went from coaching @ PENN STATE to coaching @ STATE PENN .... Hahahahaha

    November 12, 2011 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Jim Moses

      I shoulda been a comedian

      November 12, 2011 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
  8. THE ONE AND ONLY DRAKOREX1

    ITS KINDA HARD TO SWEEP 2 GUYS HUMPN UNDER THE RUG I THINK IT WOULD STILL BE NOTICEABLE.

    November 12, 2011 at 12:30 am | Report abuse |
  9. john

    Sandusky could have been stopped back in 99 when one of the victim's mother and a detective question him about showering w/ and inappropriate touching of a young boy. Sandusky's admission that he had showered w/ other young boys as well was more than enough to begin an investigation.

    What happened, you ask? The detective told Sandusky not to shower w/ young boys anymore, he said he wouldn't, case closed. This is incomprehensible behavior by an experienced detective.

    He was also questioned by law enforcement on a different occasion and admitted again that he had showered w/ young boys but the DA at the time decided not to press charges. Apparantley you have to molest children in public in Happy Valley to get anyone's attention.

    November 12, 2011 at 12:48 am | Report abuse |
  10. bill

    I believe that there are others on the coaching staff who knew of Sandusky's behavior and did nothing.

    In addition, PSU's football season should be immediately cancelled. A celebration of any kind is incredibly innapropriate and massively insensitive to the victims and their families. Even after all of this, the powers that be @PSU
    don't get it (and there going to investigate themselves)!

    And don't give me this "yeah, but the players didn't do anything wrong – they shouldn't be punished". It is completely irrelavant. This tragic scandal of epic proportions is so much bigger than any individual or group of individuals sense of fairness.

    November 12, 2011 at 12:56 am | Report abuse |
  11. bigwilliestyles

    @ Bill: absolutely. The season should be canceled at the least, if not the disbanding of the football program completely. The fact that he was allowed to bring boys into the facility untold times makes everyone involved with the program suspect. The whole thing is rotten, like the hierarchy of the Catholic Church. News Of The World was shut down for less.

    November 12, 2011 at 2:06 am | Report abuse |
  12. Moe NY

    Penn State should be banned from the almighty game of football for the season in my opinion. University football, all sports, are nothing buy big money makers, hit them where it hurts...in their wallets. The children of this country do not deserve to take a back seat to any sport. Penn State itself, and all involved in this atrosity against children just make me sick...there is no excuse for what happened. Do not even want to hear they wanted to keep their jobs...SICK.

    November 12, 2011 at 3:10 am | Report abuse |
  13. davidjkearney

    Penn State's Football program needs to be suspended indefinitely.
    There was corruption and cover-up at the top of the college. Penn
    State keeps saying it needs to get back to basics...to its core values,
    which is education. Activities that extend beyond education aren't
    needed, especially after the horrific incidents. If there is
    corruption at the heart...there is corruption throughout. If the
    football program continues, I have to conclude that only money is the
    reason..and too bad for the victims

    November 12, 2011 at 5:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Ben Hogan

      If there is a major event today, the remaining games will be cancelled and no bowl bid will be acccepted.

      November 12, 2011 at 7:12 am | Report abuse |
  14. Conrad

    Why not just close the entire campus, expel every single student, fire every employee and jail every administrator...... It's the only way to be sure we get every one of those criminals.

    November 12, 2011 at 8:10 am | Report abuse |
  15. Conrad

    Oh, and let's burn Gov Corbett at the stake while we're at it...... Now let's see, who else can we blame..... ?

    November 12, 2011 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
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