Before Joe Paterno started watching games from the press box because of lingering pain from a preseason injury, he would get information from the coaches in the press box through McQueary. Occasionally, Paterno would yell at McQueary after a bad play or if he wanted to emphasize something to the coaches upstairs.
The Patriot-News of Harrisburg identified McQueary as the graduate assistant who reported what he saw to Paterno. Paterno then told Penn State athletic director Tim Curley, prosecutors said.
According to John McQueary, the assistant coach's father, his son was on a recruiting visit Sunday and could not be reached for comment. The father also declined to comment about the case or say whether they were the two named in the grand jury report.
"I know it's online, and I know it's available," John McQueary told the Associated Press. "I have gone out of my way not to read it for a number of reasons."
Mike McQueary, who went to high school in State College, started his senior season at quarterback for Penn State in 1997, passing for 2,211 yards and 17 touchdowns while leading the Lions to a 9-3 record and a berth in the Florida Citrus Bowl. He also was a finalist for the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm award given to the nation's outstanding senior quarterback.
He still holds the school record for most first-half passing yards, 219, in a 1997 game against Wisconsin.
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This article contains information from the Associated Press.