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Mike McQueary Files Lawsuit Against Penn State

An attorney for former Penn State assistant coach Mike McQueary filed a formal complaint at the Centre County Court of Common Pleas this afternoon.

McQueary is suing Penn State University for a total of $4,000,000 on the grounds of “lost future earnings, general damages to be determined at trial for distress, anguish, humiliation and embarrassment, plus punitive damages, and costs of suit.”

In 2001, McQueary reported witnessing Jerry Sandusky abusing a boy in the Lasch locker room showers. He initially told his father, Dr. Dranov, and the late Joe Paterno about the incident, but he elected not to report what he saw to police.

The entire court docket can be found here.

A few interesting things noted in the 17-page complaint:

  • Mike McQueary’s base salary for the 2011-2012 year was over $140,000.
  • Mike McQueary says he was ready to coach in the November 12th game vs. Nebraska, but Penn State prohibited him to coach any future games.
  • On Thursday November 10th, 2011, Acting AD Mark Sherburne insisted that Mike McQueary leave the State College area for the weekend.
  • The next day, Mike McQueary was advised that he’d been placed on administrative leave.
  • Per the docket, McQueary was the only assistant coach not interviewed by current head coach Bill O’Brien.
  • Penn State is not paying for Mike McQueary’s legal fees.
  • Mike McQueary claims that he received no notice of his employment until he heard Rodney Erickson state that he was no longer affiliated with the University on July 5th, 2012.
  • McQueary believes that Spanier’s statements back in November have irreparably harmed his reputation.
  • During his administrative leave, Penn State declared that “all athletic facilities associated with the Penn State Football Program” were off limits for McQueary.

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