Penn State assistant coach Mike McQueary will not coach Saturday against Nebraska due to "multiple threats" against him, the athletic department said Thursday.
Penn State interim President Rodney Erickson earlier Thursday told reporters to "stay tuned" regarding a decision on the status of McQueary, a central figure in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse case.
Tom Bradley, who replaced the fired Joe Paterno, said he expected McQueary to coach.
A Penn State trustee later told The Morning Call that the board did not plan to fire McQueary, Penn State's wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator, or ask him to step down. But the board was concerned about McQueary's safety and originally asked that he coach from press box, according to the trustee, who asked to remain anonymous because of the sensitive nature of the matter.
Asked whether he and the university had discussed dismissing McQueary, Bradley said, "Absolutely not." Before the university's statement, Bradley said that he would make a "game-time" decision whether McQueary coaches from the sideline or press box. McQueary is a visible television presence, known as the red-headed coach often seen being yelled at by Paterno.
"You can't really imagine what Mike's going through right now," senior receiver Derek Moye said Thursday. "He's definitely in a tough situation. And [quarterbacks coach Jay Paterno], obviously, with what his dad is going through. They're obviously very close. I can't really imagine what either of those guys are going through."
At a news conference Thursday, Gov. Tom Corbett sidestepped questions about McQueary, who testified before a grand jury that he witnessed a 10-year-old boy "being subjected to anal intercourse" by Sandusky, according to the report.
"The university — and you will have to talk to the university itself — still has some deliberations to make in that respect," the governor said.
When asked his personal opinion about what should happen, he said, "I'm not going to give you my opinion yet. I have many opinions. This is not the time to be sharing that. I have to see that the university addresses it in a proper way. I would remind everybody, it would appear … I'm going to back off on McQueary."
McQueary, a State College native who was Penn State's starting quarterback in 1997, has been at practice this week but has not spoken about his testimony. His father, John J. McQueary, told the New York Times that "it's eating him up not to be able to tell his side" of the story.