McQueary won't coach Saturday due to threats

FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2009 file photo, Penn State assistant coach Mike McQueary is shown on the sidelines in the second half of an NCAA college football game against Michigan, in Ann Arbor, Mich. Penn State Athletic Director Tim Curley and Gary Schultz, the school's senior vice president for business and finance, face arraignment Monday, Nov. 7, 2011, on charges they lied to a grand jury investigating former defense coordinator Jerry Sandusky and failed to properly report suspected child abuse, a case that has left fans reeling. In 2002, State Attorney General Linda Kelly said, a graduate assistant, identified by two people familiar with the investigation as McQueary, saw Sandusky sexually assault a naked boy, estimated to be about 10 years old, in a team locker room shower.
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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Penn State says assistant coach Mike McQueary won't coach the Nittany Lions on Saturday because "multiple threats" have been made against him.

The university released a statement Thursday night saying it would be "in the best interest of all" if the receivers coach didn't attend the game against Nebraska at Beaver Stadium.

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The football program is in turmoil following the firing of longtime coach Joe Paterno, brought down in a scandal involving child sex-abuse allegations against former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.

McQueary testified to a grand jury that he encountered Sandusky in the Penn State showers with a 10-year-old boy in 2002. He later told Paterno of the incident.

Sandusky was arrested and charged last Saturday. His lawyer maintains his client is innocent.