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Mike McQueary will not attend Penn State game vs. Nebraska (updated)

Mike McQueary listens to Joe Paterno during the Oct. 8 game against Iowa. (Gene J. Puskar Getty Images)

Update, 10:05 p.m.: Penn State wide receivers coach Mike McQueary will not attend the Nittany Lions’ game Saturday against Nebraska because of death threats he has received.

The university issued a one-sentence statement Thursday night:

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.

Original post: A central figure in the scandal enveloping Penn State and its football program, is expected to do his usual job as coach of the team’s wide receivers Saturday, interim coach Tom Bradley said today.

“Right now, Mike McQueary will be coaching Saturday,” Bradley said in his first press conference since being elevated from defensive coordinator to replace Joe Paterno, who was fired Wednesday night. “It will be a game-time decision where he is.”

The plan Saturday, when the Nittany Lions play Nebraska in their final home game of the season, is for McQueary to work — either on the sideline or in the coaches’ booth.

When he was a graduate assistant, McQueary allegedly saw former coach Jerry Sandusky sexually assaulting a young boy in a locker-room shower in 2002 and testified before a grand jury on the matter. He has has not commented publicly on the school scandal.

“It’s not that he’s not willing,” his father, John J. McQueary, told the New York Times. “I think it’s eating him up not to be able to tell his side, but he’s under investigation by the grand jury. He’ll make it. He’s a tough kid.”

So, for now, it’s coaching — if nothing else — as usual.

“Players play, coaches coach, administrators administrate,” Bradley said

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.


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