UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The future of assistant football coach Mike McQueary is in doubt after a closed-door trustees meeting this afternoon.
Acting university president Rod Erickson this evening told reporters to "stay tuned" when asked why Mr. McQueary, who reportedly witnessed the rape of a child by a former football coach, was still employed.
Mr. Erickson indicated the university could take action on Mr. McQueary late tonight or tomorrow morning. When asked if Mr. McQueary was still employed as of Thursday evening, Mr. Erickson replied "as I said, you'll hear more."
Though he had not been charged with a crime, Mr. McQueary emerged as the biggest target for public criticism of the sex-abuse scandal that has rocked the university following the firing football coach Joe Paterno.
According to grand jury documents, Mr. McQueary was the only person to witness former coach Jerry Sandusky sexually assault a boy in the showers in 2002. And he is the lowest-ranking of all Penn State officials named in the court documents, making his job more expendable than those who have already parted with the university.
The fate of former athletic director Tim Curley, who is on a paid leave of absence as he defends himself against charges of perjury and failure to report a crime, was not discussed, Mr. Erickson said.
Interim athletic director Mark Sherburne was at the trustees meeting, and though interim football coach Tom Bradley said Mr. McQueary's fate remained in his hands, Mr. Sherburne declined comment.
"I'm not able to comment on that right now," he said.
When asked who could comment on Mr. McQueary's future, Mr. Sherburne responded "I'm not sure of that right now."
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