Police declared Beaver Stadium safe Saturday after receiving a bomb threat ahead of Penn State’s game against Nebraska, The Patriot-News reported.
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Officers scanned the football stadium using sniffer-dogs after the anonymous threat was called in Friday night but found nothing.
A second search Saturday also confirmed the site was safe, paving the way for Saturday’s noon ET kickoff, when more than 100,000 fans are expected to be in attendance. The university issued a text alert early Saturday confirming the all-clear.
The stadium has been secured by police since Tuesday as tempers flared amid the ongoing child sex-abuse scandal that has rocked the university.
Police confirmed they have increased security ahead of Saturday’s game, the first since storied football coach Joe Paterno’s high-profile firing Wednesday, which sparked violent demonstrations on campus.
Paterno was criticized for failing to alert police to abuse claims against his former assistant Jerry Sandusky. Sandusky was charged last weekend with 21 felony counts of sexual abuse involving minors.
Assistant coach Mike McQueary was placed on administrative leave Friday, university president Rodney Erickson announced Friday.
McQueary was a graduate assistant in 2002 when he allegedly witnessed Sandusky sexually assaulting a young boy in the Penn State locker room showers.
McQueary notified Paterno of the details of what he witnessed, but has come under harsh public criticism in recent days for not intervening to stop the abuse.
Because of death threats in the buildup to Saturday’s game, McQueary was placed in protective custody, myFOXphilly.com reported. However, McQueary’s father refuted the report.