Penn State Scandal: Nittany Lions Lose First Game Without Joe Paterno


"The important thing is what happened to these kids... Some people are forgetting what this is really about," said Megan Lister, another student at Penn State, which attracted thousands to Friday night's candlelight vigil for the alleged victims. It replaced a planned pep rally.

Many of the 100,000 fans who packed the stadiium for today's game were clad in blue -- the designated color spotlighting sexual abuse of children -- instead of the white that is customary attire for Penn State home games.

"The whole situation is heartbreaking," President Obama said in an interview during a media time out at the Carrier Classic basketball game on Friday. "We think first and foremost of the victims of these alleged crimes."

Another major change in plans is the removal of assistant coach Mike McQueary from the coaching line-up for today's game against Nebraska.

Now on administrative leave, McQueary was a 28-year-old graduate assistant in the football department when he allegedly saw Sandusky sexually assaulting a boy, roughly about 10 years old, in the locker room showers.

McQueary left the building and reported the incident to Paterno the next day.

Authorities said McQueary did what was required of him and he was not a target of the investigation.

Newly appointed Penn State President Rodney Erickson, who replaced former president Graham Spanier, who also was fired -- said McQueary "couldn't function in his role under these circumstances."

Officals also told "Good Morning America" that they were concerned about McQueary's safety.

Though prosecutors have said Paterno is not targeted by police probes of Sandusky's alleged sex crimes, Paterno has retained J. Sedgwick "Wick" Sollers, a Washington, D.C.-based attorney whose clients have included former president George H.W. Bush.

Paterno, the winningest coach in the history of NCAA Division 1 football, was fired Wednesday night.

Sandusky also faces possible charge in San Antonio, Texas, where he allegedly threatened to ship another of his alleged Pennsylvania victims back home after the boy rejected Sandusky's advances during 1999 Alamo Bowl.

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