Penn State places assistant coach on administrative leave

Penn State places assistant coach on administrative leave

Penn St. assistant football coach Mike McQueary, left, talks with head coach Joe Paterno during an NCAA college football game against Iowa. (AP Photo/Gene Puskar, File)

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by GENARO C. ARMAS

Associated Press

Posted on November 11, 2011 at 4:34 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 11 at 5:04 PM

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- Penn State assistant coach Mike McQueary, a key witness in the child sex abuse scandal that has engulfed the school, has been placed on administrative leave.

School president Rod Erickson announced the move Friday, a day after the school said McQueary would not be present when the Nittany Lions play Nebraska on Saturday because he had received threats.

McQueary testified in a grand jury investigation that eventually led to child sex-abuse charges being filed against former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky. The ensuing scandal brought down longtime coach Joe Paterno, who was fired by university trustees amid growing criticism that he should have done more to stop the alleged abuse.

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