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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soundoff (436 Responses)
  1. Larry Glick

    It is time that those involved do the honorable thing.

    November 11, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hey You

      Commit seppuku??

      November 11, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. BrianP

    Should have called the cops. It's as simple as that.

    November 11, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • MCTB

      He should have STOPPED the assault & told the child to run for help while he waited with Sandusky in the shower for the police. He should have done a million & one things instead of calling his dad.

      November 11, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  3. MCTB

    This is progress! Let's go...continue down the list!

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

    it's all about power, getting more and not loosing what they had. Just different aspects of the same thing, depending on the person involved in this sad affair. Ultimately "this power issue" will probably test the survival of the human race.

    November 11, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  5. suzangrace

    kay, you are a nut job who isn't using your brain. stop defending 'university' responsibility. leave the' keystone cop campus police' out of it. they work for the univ and will cover it up as usual. let the proper authorities nandle uit and wake your sorry a$$ up.

    November 11, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  6. bebekashmir

    More unacceptably bad writing from CNN. Could we possibly have some explanation as to why they would remove the guy who reported the abuse in the first place? Based on the known facts it sounds incredibly strange to punish the one person who did the right thing in this situation and it would be nice to clarify why this may be happening. Everything past the 3rd paragraph is completely irrelevant to the headline.

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

      Again. He didn't do the right thing....go to the police. Not his daddy, not his coach...the POLICE. Especially damning is that he didn't follow up when nothing happened!!

      November 11, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • bebekashmir

      @ddduck – So you think this article was well written and informative?

      November 11, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • evilCaboutthisblog

      Go to the upper right on this page and see "about this blog" It is about breaking stories. Basically headlines with bylines. The bigger, more complete, better written versions, will show up, some time in the near future.

      November 11, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  7. ac


    November 11, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  8. ddduck


    November 11, 2011 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  9. common sensor

    Penn state should be punished by having no sport program for two years, or maybe 15 years since that is how long it has taken for JUSTICE to start its process!

    November 11, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • no common sense

      that makes sense, since the volleyball team and the soccer team played a big role in this...sounds like someone is just a penn state hater in general, rather than hating only those who are actually at fault

      November 11, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • toadears

      Do not blame the students! They didn't know. They will be the ones hurt by any ban and they paid their tuition without realizing their leaders were completely corrupt. Sounds like Washington and Wall Street doesn't it?

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

    bebekashmir, because he just passed the buck instead of calling the cops like he should have. Then he did nothing after the fact, knowing better than anyone what had happened.

    November 11, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • bebekashmir

      My comment was about the shoddy uninformative writing. You respond with presumptions about the case my position on it. Not too smart.

      November 11, 2011 at 9:53 pm | Report abuse |
  11. billythebigbone

    Penn States new name is Penitentiary State

    November 11, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • steve


      November 11, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • E2K42

      Well apparently until recently it was Penetration State, so at least this is an improvement >_<

      November 11, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • toadears

      I've heard State Penn and PSU, Pedophile State University.

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

    FIRE THE POPE......HE IS THE ONE WHO STARTED ALL THIS ANYWAY....condoning these things

    November 11, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  13. elaina ankney

    paid leave? thats a laugh...should be fired with the rest of them. he was 28 years old when he witnessed this horrific abuse then ran to daddy for advise? when he should have went in and helped the victim. Erikson needs to clean house all the way...

    November 11, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Ebolyn

    He blew the whistle and gets put on leave? Unbelieveable.

    November 11, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • steve

      what's unbelievable is he actually saw it happen and did not stop it

      November 11, 2011 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • jaj1010

      He should have blown a whistle as soon as he saw it happening.

      November 11, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • evilCblew

      He blew the boy off for 10 years after the morning after

      November 11, 2011 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Dan

    The plot thickens. The DA in Sandusky's case went missing in 2005.

    Woah boy.

    November 11, 2011 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
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