After the Penn State Board of Trustees relieved Joe Paterno of his duties as football coach on Wednesday evening, many wondered if wide receivers coach Mike McQueary would also be dismissed.
According to the grand jury report, McQueary witnessed former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky sexually abuse a young boy in a locker room shower in 2002 when he was returning some recruiting tapes as a graduate assistant. McQueary allegedly left the scene without intervening and informed his father of the scene he observed. He informed Paterno the following morning. The coach took the report to athletic director Tim Curley, but no one ever told the police.
Paterno, Curley and Senior Vice President Gary Schultz have already faced repercussions for their involvement in the sexual abuse scandal, but McQueary remains a member of the coaching staff.
On Thursday morning, interim coach Tom Bradley stated that McQueary would be coaching on Saturday against Nebraska, while admitting that he did not know whether the position coach would be on the sideline or in the press box. But later Thursday evening, the university announced on GoPSUSports.com that McQueary would not coach against Nebraska.
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Due to multiple threats made against Assistant Coach Mike McQueary, the University has decided it would be in the best interest of all for Assistant Coach McQueary not to be in attendance at Saturday's Nebraska game.
Earlier, the Penn State Board of Trustees asked Bradly to keep McQueary from coaching due to safety concerns.
UPDATE: McQueary has been placed on administrative leave. More here.