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©

    @pmk1953:
    I have said that before on these blogs; in typical fashion, they were ignored, but given the emotions running so high on the issue, I don't blame them.

    November 11, 2011 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Sean

      expect more coaches to be fired for this, it's been going on for 15 years, these coaches spend A LOT of time together, they all knew about it and yet did nothing. There's no way only one coach knew about it. Expect the new HC to replace the whole coaching staff.

      November 11, 2011 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Luli

    It took them long enough... Big Red should have been the first to go.

    November 11, 2011 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • GOBIGRED

      GO BIG RED

      November 11, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Bill, Bloomington Il

    Placed on leave? That is all?

    November 11, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. zooni

    This is fair and arguably he should have been tossed when Joe was.

    November 11, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Soicanleavecomments OnBlogs

    Can not lose that witness!!! Sounds like early pension season! I would have stopped it and probably lose control. Taking advantage of children or elderly. Come on!!!

    November 11, 2011 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  6. 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 11, 2011 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Vanessa

    If only the Catholic Church could be so actively seeking out the perpetrators of child abuse

    November 11, 2011 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Keepitreal

    That is the best thing for this dude before he ends up dead. He should have been put in jail anyway.

    November 11, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Laura

    What a worthless POS he is.

    November 11, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jeff Davis

    Mr. McQueary probably got a "job for life" offer in 2002 to keep him quiet. He is perhaps the most morally and ethically bankrupt of all of them (except Sandusky himself).

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

      Penn State isa the American Pedofile University

      November 11, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • STOP PSU

      PSU = Pedophile State University

      November 11, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Laura

      Agreed.

      November 11, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  11. SABC

    What wusses.

    He should have been among the first to be fired.

    I hope this 'special investigative panel" is not made up only of the old boys club members.

    November 11, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  12. WSYKES

    HE SHOULD BE FIRED TOO. COME-ON-MAN !!!!!

    November 11, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  13. r00t4rd3d

    He need to be fired and arrested.

    November 11, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  14. tundra11

    they did that in fear of him being shot at saturdays game. Besides he should have been gone with the rest of the douchbags.

    November 11, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Mike

    WHO CARES??? Enough with this stupid story.

    November 11, 2011 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • AEOBU

      ALMOST EVERYONE BUT YOU

      November 11, 2011 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • mgo

      Like your compassion, bro.

      November 11, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • E2K42

      If you're not interested, grab your clownshoes and your asshat and go visit the rest of the interwebs.
      Have a nice life.

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