Penn State Puts Mike McQueary on Administrative Leave
This was inevitable. Former graduate assistant, now assistant coach Mike McGeary has been placed on administrative leave. He will be paid during the leave term.
Some are asking why he wasn't fired outright, given that he didn't stop the assault or call police. Neither the school nor the police are saying.
Asked if McQueary would be fired, [Penn State's new president, Rod] Erickson said "there are complexities to that issue that I am not prepared to go into at this point." Asked about the status of athletic director Tim Curley, Erickson said, "That's an ongoing topic of discussion. We'll return to that next week."
Some speculate McQueary is not being fired so he will remain a cooperative witness against Jerry Sandusky. Others say he is protected by whistle-blower status. I doubt the former, and don't know enough about whistle-blowers to have an opinion on that theory.
I wonder if McQueary ever witnessed Sandusky with a young boy at Penn State after he became a coach and didn't report it? One of the alleged victims (Number 1) testified to the grand jury that Sandusky forced him to have sex repeatedly in 2007 and that Sandusky took him to preseason Penn State Practices. Did McQueary see them together?
From what I can gather:
2002: Assistant Graduate Coach
2003: Promoted to administrative assistant
2004: Appointed Position coach and full-time assistant.
I'm not sure why McQueary, who is the only one to have witnessed a criminal attack on a child, would not have an obligation as a coach to speak up in 2007 if he saw Sandusky on campus with a child. He knew that Sandusky wasn't allowed to bring children on campus. Is any whistle-blower status McQueary acquired in 2002 permanent?
Then again, perhaps he was put on administrative leave merely because his presence was causing such a commotion after Paterno was fired. I doubt he was put on leave for his own safety.
Anyone have thoughts on what's behind the administrative leave decision?
Update: The author of an upcoming biography on Joe Paterno weighs in. I recommend reading it.
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