Personal Threats to Sideline PSU Coach; Security Increases in State College
Penn State assistant coach Mike McQueary will miss Saturday's game against Nebraska after the school said he received "multiple threats."
McQueary testified in a grand jury investigation that eventually led to child sex-abuse charges being filed against former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky. The ensuing scandal brought down longtime coach Joe Paterno, who was fired by the university on Wednesday amid growing criticism that he should have done more to stop the alleged abuse.
The university's athletic department released a one-line statement Thursday night saying it would be "in the best interest of all" if the receivers coach didn't attend the season's final home game at Beaver Stadium.
Separately, State College, Pa. police stepped up patrols, vowing to crack down swiftly if Pennsylvania State University students riot again as they did Wednesday night after the firing of coach Paterno.
Police also are beefing up security ahead of Saturday's football game against the University of Nebraska, says a Philadelphia Inquirer report Penn State's field, Beaver Stadium, holds more than 100,000 spectators.
A dispatcher at the Pennsylvania State Police barracks in Rockview, about 10 miles from the stadium, said about a half-dozen troopers ordinarily work a detail shift, supplementing campus and local police, for a typical game, the report said, noting that the dispatcher said the state police contingent would be larger this weekend but did not specify by how much.