Mike McQueary won't coach Saturday due to death threats regarding Penn State child-sex scandal

Assistant coach Mike McQueary of the Penn State Nittany Lions walks the sidelines against the Syracuse Orangemen during the second half at Beaver Stadium September 12, 2009 in State College, Pennsylvania.
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Mike McQueary won't coach Saturday due to threats regarding Joe Paterno, Jerry Sandusky child-sex scandal
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(CBS/AP) STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Penn State assistant coach Mike McQueary won't coach Saturday's game against the Nittany Lions due to "multiple threats" that have been made against him, according to a university statement released Thursday.

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The statement reads that it would be "in the best interest of all" if the receivers coach didn't attend the game against Nebraska at Beaver Stadium.

The football program is in turmoil following the firing 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.

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