Mike McQueary Claims To Be In 'Protective Custody'

Saturday November 12th, 2011

Thursday night, reports emerged that Penn State assistant coach Mike McQueary -- the key witness in the grand jury findings that brought to light a sexual abuse scandal surround former PSU assistant coach Jerry Sandusky -- would not be on the sidelines for Saturday's game in light of threats he had received.

Friday, school officials announced that McQueary had been placed on administrative leave.

According to a report from David Jones of The Patriot-News, though, McQueary was a bit more specific in a conference call with his former wide receivers:

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.”

According to a report from John Finger on CSNPhilly.com, Penn State president Rodney Erickson said that McQueary had not been fired because of "complexities to that issue I'm not prepared to go into."

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