Bradley: McQueary Expected to Coach in Penn State-Nebraska Game
Assistant Penn State football coach Mike McQueary is set to participate in Saturday's Nebraska game, the interim head coach, Tom Bradley, said Thursday.
McQueary has become a lightning rod for public criticism in the past week. A grand-jury report released Saturday shows that McQueary witnessed an alleged sexual assault of a child in March 2002.
Twenty-eight years old at the time, McQueary did not call police but quickly told his father instead, according to the report. The next day, McQueary told then-head Coach Joe Paterno, it indicates.
The alleged assailant in the case is Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State defensive coordinator now facing 40 criminal charges.
Sandusky has been arrested and Paterno fired within the past week. The apparent scandal also has claimed the university presidency of Graham Spanier. Two other administrators are facing criminal charges.
At his first press conference since being named interim head coach Wednesday night, Bradley said it's up to university administrators to decide McQueary's status with the football program. He limited additional comment about McQueary.
In other news at the roughly half-hour, late-morning press conference at Beaver Stadium:
- "I grieve for the victims. I grieve for the families," Bradley said, a reference to the boys allegedly victimized by Sandusky. " ... Our thoughts and prayers are with" the children and their families, he said.
Facing such an unprecedented situation, Bradley added later, he needs to find ways to restore confidence and "start the healing process." It was with a very heavy heart and mixed emotions that he agreed to be interim head coach, he said.
Interim university President Rodney Erickson called him about 9:45 p.m. Wednesday to ask if Bradley would accept the role, he said.
- One reporter pressed Bradley about his thoughts on coaches' responsibility to report impropriety.
"We all have a responsibility to take care of our children. All of us," Bradley said. " ... It's been very difficult, very difficult to go through this. But I'm confident that you know we'll find a way to heal; we'll find a way to get back on track; and we'll find a way to come together."
- Asked about Paterno himself, Bradley limited his comments. He declined to talk about an 11 p.m. phone call that he had with Paterno on Wednesday.
And asked where he believes Paterno should be Saturday, Bradley said this: "Coach Paterno has meant more to me than anybody except my father. I don't want to get emotional and start talking about that, OK?"
- Bradley also said that Paterno will "go down in history" as a great man. "I've had the privilege and honor to work for him, spend time with him. He's had such a dynamic impact on so many, so many -- I'll say it again: so many -- people and players' lives. It is with great respect that I speak of him, and I'm proud to say that I worked for him."
- Citing the legal situation, Bradley declined to talk about his thoughts on Sandusky, with whom he worked before Sandusky's retirement. (Bradley became defensive coordinator in 2009.) He did say, though, that many Penn State players "are in shock."
- Despite rumors to the contrary, senior members of the Penn State football team will not sit out Saturday's game, Bradley said.
- Bradley said he's not aware of any university plans to pay tribute to Paterno at the game Saturday. If the players decide to offer some kind of tribute to Paterno, he said, "there's nothing I can do about that."
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