Penn State Athletics has issued the following statement on assistant football coach Mike McQueary:
"Due to multiple threats made against assistant coach Mike McQueary, the university has decided it would be in the best interest of all for assistant coach McQueary not to be in attendance at Saturday's Nebraska game."
McQueary is a key prosecution witness in the pending sex crimes case against former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. The scandal brought down the career of legendary Nittany Lion coach Joe Paterno, who was fired by the school’s Board of Trustees Wednesday.
According to grand jury testimony in the case against Sandusky, McQueary, who was then a Penn State graduate assistant coach at Penn State, witnessed Sandusky having sex with a boy in the team shower in 2002.
The grand jury report said McQueary reported the incident to Paterno, who in turn escalated it to athletic director Tim Curley. Nobody reported the action to police and Sandusky was only give token punishment by the university.
McQueary has been heavily criticized by the public for not stopping the alleged assault or reporting it directly to police.
Curley has been charged with perjury for allegedly lying to the grand jury. He is on administrative leave from the university.
Paterno, though not charged with any crime, has admitted that, "With the benefit of hindsight, I wish I had done more."
No. 12 Penn State plays No. 19 Nebraska at Beaver Stadium Saturday.