On June 22, 2012, a jury convicted Sandusky, a retired Penn State defensive coordinator, of 45 of 48 counts of child sexual abuse, and he will serve at least 30 years in state prison. The jury found Sandusky not guilty of three counts, including the alleged rape of "Victim 2," the boy McQueary said he saw in the shower with Sandusky.
As a longtime Penn State assistant and recruiting director, McQueary once had every expectation he would become a Division I head coach. Now he is unemployed and living at his parents' house in State College. He is separated from his wife, Barbara, who lives in Virginia with their 4-year-old daughter.
Last summer, Savannah State approached McQueary about taking its quarterbacks coaching job, but members of the administration balked at hiring McQueary. He is resigned to the possibility he may never coach again, people close to him say. He has been looking for work in sales and looks forward to moving away for good from State College, where he spent most of his youth and was a star high school quarterback before playing at Penn State.
McQueary's wife, his two lawyers and his older brother, John II, also declined to comment for The Mag's story. By phone, McQueary's father, John Sr., said, "I'd like to speak to you, but I don't think it's in my best interests. I don't think it's in Mike's best interests right now." He added: "We are an unusually close family. We were close before this whole thing happened, but since then we have really circled the wagons."
When McQueary is called by prosecutors to testify at the trial of Spanier, Curley and Schultz, it will be the fifth time under oath that he tells the story of what he says he witnessed in the Lasch Building shower on the evening of Friday, Feb. 9, 2001. Defense lawyers for the three former administrators plan on raising questions about the consistency and veracity of McQueary's previous testimony and, if allowed by the presiding judge, also plan on raising questions about his character.
One area the defense lawyers will likely attempt to focus on is McQueary and gambling. According to several former teammates and people close to McQueary, he gambled while at Penn State, and it continued after he graduated in December 1997. He often played poker and bet on pro and college football with a bookie, the sources say.
One close college friend says he recalls that McQueary, as a junior and backup quarterback, bet on Penn State to cover an 8-point spread against Michigan State at Beaver Stadium in November 1996. The Nittany Lions won 32-29 on a late field goal, and McQueary, who was on the bench, lost his wager, the source said.
When McQueary's gambling debts totaled thousands of dollars, his father paid them, several of McQueary's former teammates said.
A close college friend said he urged McQueary to slow down the pace of his betting.
"It got pretty bad," the friend said. "And it just kept snowballing and snowballing. He was very impulsive."
When the presentment was made public on Nov. 4, 2011, McQueary was reported as seeing Sandusky engaged in "anal intercourse" with a 10-year-old boy in the shower. But in subsequent testimony, McQueary acknowledged he never clearly saw anal intercourse and only assumed it had occurred based on several quick glances and the sounds he heard.