Penn State says assistant coach Mike McQueary won't coach the Nittany Lions on Saturday because "multiple threats" have been made against him. The university released a statement Thursday night saying it would be "in the best interest of all" if the receivers coach didn't attend the game against Nebraska at Beaver Stadium.
The football program is in turmoil following the firing of longtime coach Joe Paterno, brought down in a scandal involving child-sex-abuse allegations against former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky.
McQueary testified to a grand jury that he encountered Sandusky in the Penn State showers with a 10-year-old boy in 2002. He later told Paterno of the incident. Sandusky was arrested and charged last Saturday. His lawyer maintains his client is innocent.
Cars.com pulls sponsorship
A person familiar with the decision says Cars.com has pulled out as the "presenting sponsor" of two college football games on ESPN involving Penn State in the wake of the sex-abuse scandal.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday because the move has not been announced. The sponsorship was withdrawn for the next two weeks. Penn State plays Nebraska this weekend and Ohio State the next Saturday.
Gov. supports firings
Gov. Tom Corbett said Thursday that he supported moves by Penn State's board of trustees to force out famed football coach Joe Paterno and President Graham Spanier, saying he'd lost confidence in their leadership capacity.
Corbett, who is on the 32-member board along with 10 gubernatorial appointees, made the comments after a second day of meetings of trustees.
Asked whether he thought that Paterno and Spanier didn't do enough to alert law enforcement to protect the safety of children, Corbett said he was disappointed in their actions.
Bowl-game allegation piques Texas authorities
Penn State's trip to the Alamo Bowl in 1999 has attracted the interest of Texas authorities amid allegations of child sex abuse by former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.
San Antonio police Sgt. Chris Benavides said Thursday his department is "looking into the possibility that an offense may have happened" while the football team was in town.
A grand jury report says Sandusky took one boy he allegedly molested to the game and threatened to send him home when the victim resisted his advances.
NCAA monitoring case
NCAA President Mark Emmert said Thursday that the organization would look into whether Penn State had broken NCAA bylaws in the child-sex-abuse scandal.
"Regarding the ongoing Penn State criminal investigation, the NCAA is actively monitoring developments and assessing appropriate steps moving forward," Emmert said in a statement. "The NCAA will defer in the immediate term to law enforcement officials since this situation involved alleged crimes."
Interim coach introduced
Penn State started life without Joe Paterno, 84, on Thursday, introducing interim coach Tom Bradley while the board of trustees was just beginning its formal investigation. "We're obviously in a very unprecedented situation," said Bradley, who was Paterno's lead assistant for the last 11 seasons. "I have to find a way to restore the confidence."
Osborne tells Huskers fans not to 'stand out'
Nebraska Athletics Director Tom Osborne said he's certain his school's football traveling party and fans will be safe at Saturday's game at Penn State. Still, he said, folks might want to keep their red Cornhuskers gear at home.
"I just don't know if it's a good idea in this circumstance to stand out," Osborne said Thursday night.
Osborne said PSU officials assured him safeguards are in place for fans.