Nov 11, 2011, 8:31 PM EDT
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.”
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