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McQueary to team: ‘I’m in protective custody. I’m not your coach anymore’

Nov 11, 2011, 8:31 PM EDT

Mike McQueary, Joe Paterno AP

The eyewitness at the center of the Penn State child abuse scandal, receivers coach Mike McQueary, has had quite a roller coaster rode over the past 24 hours. He went from “probable” for coaching on Saturday to “doubtful” to “out” in less time than it takes to do a load of laundry. Now, according to several sources, McQueary has told his players that he’s “in protective custody” and “two-fisting” booze. Oh, and as for his status: “I’m not your coach anymore. I’m done.”

Exactly what that means for the future is not going to be clear for quite some time.

On Thursday Penn State announced that McQueary would be coaching against Nebraska on Saturday. Earlier today the university announced that McQueary would not be coaching, due to “multiple threats.” Later today, the university said he was on “administrative leave.”

And now PennLive is reporting, via various sources, this:

On Friday afternoon, according to two team sources, new receivers coach Kermit Buggs gathered his players in a room at the PSU football complex and allowed them to talk with McQueary on a speaker phone.

During a brief and emotional conversation, McQueary told them, “I wanted to let you guys know I’m not your coach anymore. I’m done.”

When players asked, “Coach, where are you? Can we see you?” McQueary responded, “No, I’m actually in protective custody. I’m not in State College.”

But that wasn’t the entire quote, apparently:

@jdubs88 John Walters
McQueary also told his players he’s “double-fisting it” tonight. Boy, @djoneshoop has a great snitch/source inside team.

As in, booze.

UPDATE: Via College Football Talk

Subsequent to our posting, the Patriot-News made some substantial changes to their initial report.

The reference to “double-fisting it” has been removed, as has the portion where McQueary talks about not being their coach anymore; changed the name of the new wide receivers coach to Terrell Golden; and added that “Sports Information Director Jeff Nelson said that McQueary was not in protective custody – that his characterization was not true, raising the possibility that it was an attempt at black humor that fell flat. If so, the players did not get the joke.”

  1. malice420dotcom - Nov 11, 2011 at 11:41 PM

    Sooo… Where was the Worldwide leader’s of sport news for the past 14 years ? It’s hard to believe not a single journalist, TV host, analyst, coach, player, or rumor gave the sport media a sniff of this guy when the entire town knew ? Not a story until how many kids were abused because of the media silence ? This guy should have been Herman Cained ten years ago.
    Do you think we don’t see because you don’t tell us ? What was your media game, cover up and shut up for access ?

  2. chargerdillon - Nov 12, 2011 at 3:12 AM

    The one question I have for McQueary. If he had walked into Penn States showers and seen that monster with his son….would he have acted the same way?

  3. unknowneric - Nov 13, 2011 at 1:45 PM

    Have you ever seen Mike McQueary and Andy Dalton in the same place at the same time?

    It’s a conspiracy, folks… a New Ginger Order.

  4. bobwsc - Nov 15, 2011 at 2:55 PM

    they should sick Michele Bachmann on him.