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Should Penn State Asst. Coach Mike McQueary Get Fired, Too?

From the press conference today, it looks like McQueary will be coaching on Saturday.

And I haven’t heard this mentioned yet, but he’s not only an assistant coach for the Nittany Lions, but the recruiting coordinator as well. How in this world is he still employed? Via the Penn State website:

Wide Receivers/Recruiting Coordinator

Mike McQueary

In his eighth season on the staff, Mike McQueary coaches the wide receivers and serves as recruiting coordinator. His work with the wideouts has produced a significant increase in big plays, unit development and record-setting performances. Derek Moye made 53 receptions for 885 yards and eight touchdown catches last year and his 104 career catches are No. 11 on the school list. Deon Butler, Jordan Norwood and Derrick Williams became the first trio of Nittany Lions with 40 or more catches in a season in 2006, and repeated the feat in 2007 and ‘08 en route to making NFL rosters. All three rank in the Top 5 in school career receptions and Top 10 in career receiving yardage, with former walk-on Butler developing into the Penn State career leader in receptions and No. 2 in yardage. McQueary’s efforts as recruiting coordinator have yielded six of the fastest and most athletic classes in Penn State history. He spent the 2003 season as an administrative assistant with the football program and from 2000-02 was a graduate assistant coach. A State College native, McQueary played at Penn State (1994-97) and was the starting quarterback in `97, leading the Lions to a 9-3 record and the Florida Citrus Bowl. An offensive co-captain as a senior, McQueary broke three school records and was one of five finalists for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award. In his first career start, he broke school marks with 366 yards passing and 370 yards of total offense in a win over Pittsburgh.

Also, I don’t think the media is doing a good enough job in reporting McQueary’s role. He wasn’t just some graduate-student assitant who saw this happen, he was a former star player on the team.

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