Penn State assistant coach Mike McQueary will not be at Beaver Stadium for Saturday's game against No. 19 Nebraska, the school announced Thursday night.
Penn State athletics issued a statement saying because of multiple threats made against McQueary, it would "be in the best interest of all" for the wide receivers coach not to attend the game. The statement didn't mention anything about McQueay's future with the program.
McQueary has become the focal point for blame in Penn State's scandal following the firing of head coach Joe Paterno on Wednesday night. McQueary was the former Penn State graduate assistant who saw an alleged sexual assault on a young boy by former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky in the showers of the team's football building in 2002. He informed Paterno of the incident but didn't go to law-enforcement officials.
Penn State acting head coach Tom Bradley said earlier Wednesday that McQueary's status for the game would be decided by acting athletic director Mark Sherburne. The school's Board of Trustees reportedly asked that McQueary not coach from his normal spot on the sideline because of safety concerns.
This decision makes a lot of sense, and you have to wonder why it wasn't made sooner, given the scrutiny on McQueary. The interesting thing will be whether Penn State makes a decision on McQueary's status with the program beyond Saturday's game.
From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
Acting university president Rod Erickson this evening told reporters to "stay tuned" when asked why Mr. McQueary, who reportedly witnessed the rape of a child by a former football coach, was still employed.
Mr. Erickson indicated the university could take action on Mr. McQueary late tonight or tomorrow morning. When asked if Mr. McQueary was still employed as of Thursday evening, Mr. Erickson replied "as I said, you'll hear more."
Penn State's Board of Trustees meets Friday morning.