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. Wow

    I can't believe that many people said he's the only person who did the right thing. When you see what he saw happening, wouldn't you go and stop it right away?

    November 11, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • pipeguy

      My feelings exactly!!! How do you NOT stop it immediatly?!!! If witnessing that doesn't prompt you to act right then and there.... what in hell would?

      November 11, 2011 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • gp

      How does Mike M. not stop what he sees when he is a 28 year old xfootball player and big as he is. what a helpless child had to experience and it goes on and on. My God, what are all these men thinking about and how do they live with themselves. let them sit down and explain to their children and grandchildren their actions. wow.,

      November 11, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • 3N1Amen

      if I was the 28 yr old, I would first most likely throw up, then grab that child and go to the police!...right after I found a knife to cut off his penis and flush it! IT IS SO SICK...I AM SICK EVERY DAY THINKING ABOUT THESE CHILDREN BEING FONDLED, GROPED, AND SOMEONE SO EVIL AS TO DO WHAT HE DID!! I AM SICK!!!! I WILL CONTINUE TO PRAY FOR THESE INNOCENT VICTIMS AND FOR OTHERS WHO ARE PRESENTLY SUFFERING AROUND THE WORLD...BOY OR GIRL!!

      November 11, 2011 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • pipeguy

      It also brings to mind the small child in China that was victim to 2 hit and run drivers and people walked by,ignored her and went about their buisiness. I couldn't live with myself if I was that indifferent and cowardly

      November 11, 2011 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • mmbeck99

      It is amazing that you all now exactly what happened, were you there??? Number one if this happened Sandusky does not need a sentencing just finish him off, as for the others Iam holding judgement until real facts are out not the her say of the news reporters. It is amazing how quick people judge on her say then when the facts are official they say nothing. I remember a case at Duke and when the facts were out where were those big time accussers?

      November 11, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • 3N1Amen

      We are basing it from the horse's mouth...that being Paterno. Read up.

      November 11, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  2. What a bunch of losers

    Yeah see this time and time again, yes he should have gone to the police and of course he would have lost his job. He went to the boss and of course he lost his job. There is no win for people that report, chich probably explains why they don't, go figure. In China if you help someone to the hosipital you have to pay their bill, ergo, nobody helps any others why should they? That said, when this guy discovered the ugly HE was SCREWED.

    This happens all the time – I can tell you a story about a large futures company in Chicago who's child owner fired a secretary for telling a salesman about one of his compatriots screwing his wife wife (actually they are both upper managment) and she got fired on the spot. Later the screwees daughter died because of the acrimony in the house. The sleazy wife has a brother that's just as sleazy & loves to cheat clients, sleaze in their case is simply a family trait.

    November 11, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • ddduck

      No, it was not him that was the victim, it was the CHILD!

      November 11, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • cynluna

      He was not SCREWED, believe it or not, when we save others we help humanity. I know that sounds like hogwash. But, think of it this way, if you have too. He could of been THE HERO and tried to physically intervene and take the child away from the situation. He could of been a SUPERMAN and helped or just called the police, ATLEAST.

      November 11, 2011 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • cynluna

      Think of it this way, if you have too. He could of been THE HERO and tried to physically intervene and take the child away from the situation. He could of been a SUPERMAN and helped or just called the police, ATLEAST.

      November 11, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  3. PutAllOfThemAway

    All of the "men" involved should do jail time. How did any of them sleep for all these years? That was a kid, a helpless, child, a child who was looking for a father figure perhaps. This man pulled the kid out of school. This man had him sleep over the house, in the basement. Damn. How did they live with themselves all of this time? And to look at him (Sandusky) come and go, possibly "showing kids around" campus? Really...I will not be surprised if Joe kept this quiet to continue his reign and wins counting! Joe is not innocent by no means. "I did what I was suppose to do". NOT. You should have had his sick A, kicked of campus for good AND should have called the PPD immediately. I wonder, what would his reactions be if this was his son or one of his grandchildren. Come-on man. Really? The warden had better build Sandusky his own mini-jail. If not, someone will catch him in the shower and show him what they think of his "ways".

    November 11, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • 3N1Amen

      exactly! how can anyone in this world...sleep at night themselves when even hearing something as sick as that!!!??!! It's sick. We are living in a sick world and single parent, parents, grandparents...hold on to your children...try to be with them everywhere all the time!! Pray to God to protect them everyday of their lives. Satan is on the loose and he has people's minds warped beyond warped! So much evil. And for those parents, uncles, grandfathers who are abusing their own...TURN FROM YOUR WICKED WAYS NOW....YOU WILL BURN IN HELL FOREVER AND EVER!!!

      November 11, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. WDinDallas

    He should have kicked Sadunsky's ass and then called the polics.

    November 11, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  5. chrsnck

    Wow ! People really dont get it do they? McQueary, Paterno, and all the other officials involved in this knew about what was going on and COVERED IT UP ! They choose the University over children being abused. Oh and before you spout off about how they didnt know for a fact this was going on just heard about it – They didnt believe it was true enough to get the police involved but they believed it enough to take Sanduskys keys to the facilities away and ban him from the campus. Mmmmmm ?

    November 11, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • gdoulaso

      You are quite right...this is a smoking gun.

      November 11, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Factual

    PSU interim president's name spelled two different ways in this article!

    November 11, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • scoop

      These media writers are so worried about being first to get the word out, they have quit caring that they don't spell names correctly – or get many other facts straight, for that matter....

      November 11, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Joe Pa

    He should be convicted along with the entire PSU staf both academic and athletic.

    November 11, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Benita

    Fire Him! Fire Him! Fire Him!!! It's just ridiculously sad that he used what he saw to help him move up in the rankings as a football coach! I feel that not only was there a cover up and payments with school faculty, but the police department as well!!! Read the report.Sad! THESE WERE CHILDREN. This is sickening and disgusting and what's worst is it was done all in the name of the mighty $$$$$.. I wouldn't want to be in the same room or share space with this man especially if I saw it!! As a parent of a 10 year old, I would hope to believe that if anyone saw my child in harms way they would reach out to help!!! Moral of the story here is trust No One!!

    November 11, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Tina

    I just can not get over the fact that this guy saw what he saw and did absolutely nothing to protect this child!!! That is inexcusable,period! I hope everyone involved goes to jail for a very long time! I am a female who only weighs 105 but I tell you what I would have grabbed anything that I could and got that sick SOB of that child right away!

    November 11, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wow

      Finally someone shares my view.

      November 11, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Angela

    The fact that these people, Paterno, McCreary, etc. did not got to the police in addition to telling school officials is stomach turning. You see a naked 70-something year old man raping a 10 year old child and you don't (a) run over and stop it and beat the crap out of the guy (b) call 911 IMMEDIATELY!. What the hell is wrong with people? How can you even live with yourself for not intervening on this child's behalf. God forbid some monster is doing this to your child and someone walks in on it and does NOTHING. Then you would be singing a different tune.

    As for the football – who cares? Doesn't matter if it was the coach or the janitor. Tell SOMEONE!!!! For Pete's sake.

    November 11, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wow

      Thank you.

      November 11, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  11. PennStater

    First: What happened with the kids was really bad. There is no excuse for it. Everyone at Penn State is responsible. I mean EVERYONE. Having said that, I'm really sick of the media making it look like Joe Paterno was in the shower with the kids, or he himself witnessed Sandusky molest those kids. Someone told Joe what they had seen and we don't know exactly what Joe was told, at least I don't know and if some one does please tell me! I'm sure he wasn't told in explicit terms what had been witnessed. And based on that Joe was supposed to go to the police? What if it everything Joe was told was a lie and he went to the police? Then the same media would have taken up his case and portrayed him as a slanderous old man, who knows he would have been sued for defamation of character.

    November 11, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • alice58

      If you dont know what was told, then read the grand jury report...when you read it if you still want to play the "well we really dont know what Joe knew' game, then go ahead - but the information is out there, go find it!

      November 11, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • yvonne

      If everything Joe heard was a lie and he was prosecuted for defamation of character, he could use the defense that he believe the lie. That as a MORAL person, after hearing what he heard from a trusted source (remember McQueary was Joe's friend and his quarterback at one point) had to report what happened to the police. Even if he had to pay money, he would know that he did the best thing possible in the situation.
      I guess I don't see why jobs or money etc.... trump the safety of children.

      November 11, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  12. CES

    I find it astounding, and disgusting, that McQueary SAW it happening and did NOTHING to stop it right then and there and then report it TO THE POLICE. That is inexcusable and, yes, he should be held responsible.

    November 11, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  13. ReallyRob

    IBut then again, I'm a senseless idiot too who loves football more than his fellow human being....

    November 11, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Sasser

    So, the case didn't break because McQueary got a conscience and went to the police 9 years later. Yes, he's a star witness, but he's not innocent! He did the right thing 9 years later by admitting to a Grand Jury what HE WITNESSED in 2002. If Paterno can be fired for not reporting hearsay, there is no reason this man should have a job.

    November 11, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Kate

    So this guy gets to keep his job, with pay, for doing the same thing that Jo Paterno did??? McQueary could have picked up a phone and called 911 just as easily as JoPa, so why the difference? McQueary reported it to his superior, Paterno reported it to his superior. Why are they being treated differently for doing the same thing? If you see something that is clearly wrong, call the police! McQueary should be fired, too.

    November 11, 2011 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
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