Head coach Joe Paterno of the Penn State Nittany Lions talks with offensive assistant coach Mike McQueary during the 2010 Capital One Bowl against the LSU Tigers at the Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium on January 1, 2010 in Orlando, Florida. Penn State won 19-17. (Getty Images)more pics » Mike McQueary (Getty Images)
The fallout from the Penn State scandal continues as assistant coach Mike McQueary, a key witness in the child abuse charges brought against former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, was put on administrative leave. The leave comes after the university announced McQueary would not be on the field for the Nittany Lions Saturday home game against Nebraska after the assistant coach received numerous death threats.
Interim school president Rodney Erickson explained that McQueary was not put on leave for his conduct, "It became clear that coach McQueary could not function in this role under these circumstances." He further explained that it was "a complicated situation."
As the key witness who testified in a grand jury investigation that led to Sandusky's abuse charges and as the person who originally informed legendary head coach Joe Paterno
about Sandusky's inappropriate behavior, McQueary is getting it from both sides--children's advocates are angered by McQueary's lack of action, while Paterno supporters blame him for contributing to JoePa's downfall.