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McQueary placed on leave, in protective custody

Posted on: November 11, 2011 5:03 pm
Edited on: November 11, 2011 6:23 pm
 

Posted by Adam Jacobi

At a press conference on Friday afternoon, Penn State interim president Rodney Erickson announced that embattled assistant coach Mike McQueary -- a grand jury witness in the Jerry Sandusky sexual assault investigation -- had been placed on indefinite paid administrative leave, and that he would not attend the Penn State-Nebraska game at Beaver Stadium on Saturday.

McQueary's disassociation from the Penn State program may have already gone farther than what was announced by the university, however.

Later Friday afternoon, PennLive.com reported that McQueary spoke to his wide receivers via a speakerphone, and told them that he was not only on leave, he was out as a coach -- and under protective custody:

During a brief and emotional conversation, McQueary told them, “I wanted to let you guys know I'm not your coach anymore. I'm done.”

When players asked, "Coach, where are you? Can we see you?" McQueary responded, “No, I'm actually in protective custody. I'm not in State College.”

McQueary added that he was, "Double-fisting it," meaning he was having two drinks at once.

While Erickson's press conference mentioned nothing about protective custody, he did mention that the current environment surrounding McQueary and the team made going on leave a necessity.

"It became clear Coach McQueary could not function in this role under these circumstances," said Erickson. McQueary had come under fire for not intervening in an alleged sexual assault by Sandusky in 2002 after witnessing it, then reporting the assault to since-fired Penn State head coach Joe Paterno, but not directly to police.

A day earlier, Penn State had already announced that McQueary would not be coaching in this weekend's game, but the school merely said that that decision had been made because of threats against McQueary received by the school. Presumably, those threats are what have led to the reported protective custody. There was no mention of McQueary's job status in the Thursday announcement, and Erickson's press conference only revealed that McQueary's administrative leave was indefinite and paid. 

When one reporter asked him whether McQueary was covered under whistleblower laws, since he reported the incident to a superior, Erickson simply acknowledged that "there are complexities" to the issue. Erickson also declined to go into whether McQueary was on leave because of the threats Penn State reported receiving, or because of his role in reporting the alleged assault in 2002.

Sandusky faces 40 various counts of sexual misbehavior with minors, and the state of Pennsylvania has announced that the investigation is still ongoing.

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Comments

Since: Aug 13, 2007
Posted on: November 12, 2011 10:33 pm
 

McQueary placed on leave, in protective custody

first of all  if he cared about money  he would take more than the 1 million he makes.   he could make 3-4 million a year if he wanted.  he has given over 31 million dollars in the last 30+ years and lives in a 1700 square foot home.   doesn't sound like a money grabber like some other coaches.  learn something before you comment stupid.  you my friend are an idiot.  prossi 24   go to bed.



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: November 12, 2011 7:22 pm
 

McQueary placed on leave, in protective custody

However much it angers you (mvc421), PSU did not commit any NCAA violations.

NCAA Bylaw 2.4 The Principles of Sportsmanship and Ethical Conduct.

For intercollegiate athletics to promote the character development of participants, to enhance the integrity of higher education and to promote civility in society, student-athletes, coaches, and all others associated with these athletics programs and events should adhere to such fundamental values as respect, fairness, civility, honesty and responsibility. These values should be manifest not only in athletics participation but also in the broad spectrum of activities affecting the athletics program. It is the responsibility of each institution to: (Revised: 1/9/96)


There is the bylaw that was flagrantly disregarded in terms of lack of institutional control

http://fs.ncaa.org/Docs/ui/sportsma

nship/committee.html
Another thing, my apologies for saying we would have all done the same thing. That was an overgeneralization. But, I think you cannot really put yourself in his shoes at the time of the incident. You seem insistent that you would have been a superhero and saved the day. I warn you that maybe you're assuming too much about yourself. Don't get me wrong, I am not questioning your character. However, I am saying you jumped to conclusions and maybe you should consider how mortified he was when he saw the incident.
Its not being a superhero if you stop the heinous commission of a felony against a minor.  I dont need to "put myself in his shoes" Mcqueery was weak, lacked moral character, and was a product of the cult environment.  I am not assuming to much of myself to state that I would have stopped the rape of child in progress.  May be some other people wouldnt, but I would.  I have over a decade of military force protection / security  experience.  I would have broken Sandusky if I witnessed that horrible act. 

I appreciate the candid and civil discourse inasmuch as I may be a little heated about what went down.  Dont get me wrong, I realize that my point of view is one that would be not accomodating to the structure at PSU that allowed this to happen.


No one saw this coming. So, imagine seeing your mentor, your hero, your role model doing the act he is alleged to have done when McQuerery walked in. Then, maybe you can see where he was coming from.
You mean that in 1998 when he was investigated for illicit contact with a minor no one "saw this coming"?  They (coach / ad/ staff) knew what was going on....but they were trying to protect the cash cow at the expense of the innocence of vulnerable, impressionable children.

I have never compromised my core values in a manner that would alow me to leave a child to the devices of a sexual predator.

Maybe they underestimated the scale of this tragedy, but the warning signs were there....

http://bleacherreport.com/articles/

936524-jerry-sandusky-recapping-a-t

imeline-of-the-scandal






Since: Aug 29, 2009
Posted on: November 12, 2011 7:07 pm
 

Let me get this straight....

The Board of Trustees can rush to judgement and fire(over the phone) a venerated coach with 60+ years of service based on the media and public pressure to condemn the moral fiber of a man who testified that he was told, "there was inappropriate behavior" and alledgedly did not follow up on his reporting.

But that same Board does not fire a man who admittingly testified that he witnessed first hand a sexual assault on a child and did nothing to stop the assault, did not immediately call the police and waited a day to report it to someone other than his father?? Instead, he is placed on indefinite PAID leave??
Wow, that show their priorities!



Since: Sep 20, 2007
Posted on: November 12, 2011 6:54 pm
 

McQueary placed on leave, in protective custody

Honestly though, i am a little confused at to how McQuerey is still on the staff. I guess the board of trustees agrees with me, thinking that he was a young GA who was freaked out by the incident. Still, I think McQuerey is a good coach, who may need a fresh start. Also, he is the recruiting coordinator, so keeping him on board may not be the best thing for PSU recruiting. The move by the board not to let him go also tells me he may be in for the long haul. Still, I cannot see him at PSU past this year. Can anyone else? 

Needless to say, the PSU board of trustees puzzles me. Why would they keep him long-term if they plan on cleaning house after the season?  If he isn't staying long-term, why not just relieve him of his duties? Get that over with. Try to reduce the distractions ASAP. Now they'll be asked every day "will he be coaching this week?" They don't need that, and neither does McQuerery.  

If they DO plan on keeping him long-term, I think that may be a mistake. As long as he is there, there will be connections to Sandusky. Explanations board of trustees??? 



Since: Sep 20, 2007
Posted on: November 12, 2011 6:22 pm
 

McQueary placed on leave, in protective custody

*we all are 



Since: Sep 20, 2007
Posted on: November 12, 2011 6:21 pm
 

McQueary placed on leave, in protective custody

So the LACK OF INSTITUTIONAL control that allowed repeated child rapes on campus has nothing to do with the NCAA?
Here is the definition of lack of institutional control:

"In determining whether there has been a lack of institutional control when a violation of NCAA
rules has been found it is necessary to ascertain what formal institutional policies and procedures
were in place at the time the violation of NCAA rules occurred and whether those policies and
procedures, if adequate, were being monitored and enforced" (http://compliance.pac-12.org/thetoo

ls/instctl.pdf).

However much it angers you (mvc421), PSU did not commit any NCAA violations. I understand why you are upset, and I think i can say we alla re mortified bu Sandusky's actions. THERE IS NO NCAA VIOLATION!!!!! 

Another thing, my apologies for saying we would have all done the same thing. That was an overgeneralization. But, I think you cannot really put yourself in his shoes at the time of the incident. You seem insistent that you would have been a superhero and saved the day. I warn you that maybe you're assuming too much about yourself. Don't get me wrong, I am not questioning your character. However, I am saying you jumped to conclusions and maybe you should consider how mortified he was when he saw the incident. Understand something, Sandusky was revered by pretty much everyone who knew him. No one saw this coming. So, imagine seeing your mentor, your hero, your role model doing the act he is alleged to have done when McQuerery walked in. Then, maybe you can see where he was coming from. 



Since: Aug 20, 2008
Posted on: November 12, 2011 5:04 pm
 

McQueary placed on leave, in protective custody

Lets admit at least part of the reason McQueery didnt do anything was because of who was doing the raping.  Sure he may also be a stupid coward who, at 28 years old, still has to run to his daddy, but I'm sure the perp being Sandusky played a part in him doing absolutely nothing to stop what was going on.  I see a lot of people bravely admitting they are cowards as well, and that's great, but are you saying not only would you not have stopped what was going on, but you also wouldnt have picked up the phone and called the police?

I'm also struck by Mcqueery and his families almost complete lack of remorse or shame in doing nothing to stop what was going on.  Mcqueery Sr merely stated his son was strong and would be okay?  Sir, do you really think anyone buy you cares about whether your juvenile cowardly son will be okay?  The fact this man advised his childlike 28 year oldson to leave the building rather then call the police tells you all you need to know about this clan and that the world would be fortunate if their gene pool ended now.  Then I read comments that this 37 year old man is telling college athletes he's "double fisting" due ostensibly to the stress he's going through.  Apparently he's still not much of a man in the example he's setting or the recognition what he's going through was brought on by his cowardly actions.  How about a statement apologizing for trading what he knew for a coaching job, and advising people to not be like him and do the right thing.

Should the Penn State football program be punished?  Absolutely.  It fostered an environment of the program before all else including apparently common decency, common sense, and morality.  How Mcqueery could see what he saw and stand idly by while his superiors did nothing is repugnant and illustrates how either dumb or morally bankrupt this now 37 year old child is.  Did McQueery relay what he saw or some watered down version?  Some things are just too horrofic to not make an example of and this is one of them, so sorry if some people feel losing a football program is too harsh, but any program that wouldnt immediately address allegations like this needs to be cleaned out.



Since: Aug 19, 2006
Posted on: November 12, 2011 4:26 pm
 

McQueary placed on leave, in protective custody

Yes - only child molesters and people affiliated with Penn State would allow it to continue.
Well based on what has been presented, only child molesters and people affiliated with Penn State DID allow it to continue...Mcqueery did nothing to stop the rape in progress, neither did the janitor, and neither did the board, neither did the AD, neither did the head coach......


you're too emotionally involved to have a rational/logical conversation about what punishment should be levied.  And I'm saying that as a father of 3 and a person that believes Sandusky should be given the death penalty for his crimes. 
Maybe, but for every idiot that went out and rioted to support the Dear Leader, and his cult that allowed the sacrifice of children's innocence on the altar of Penn St football, there needs to be someone on the other side decrying this absolute travesty

Look, I know that they probably wont eliminate football, but there needs to be some serious sanctions put in place.

Also, when I read some of the things child rapist apologists have been writing...it strikes a chord



Since: Jan 12, 2008
Posted on: November 12, 2011 4:10 pm
 

McQueary placed on leave, in protective custody

We REALLY hope he meant drinking when he used the phrase "double-fisting" !!



Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: November 12, 2011 3:49 pm
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