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In this June 12, 2012, file photo, former Penn State University assistant football coach Mike McQueary arrives at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, Pa.

The lawsuit against Penn State by a coach who reported Sandusky's child abuse begins today


Former college football coach Mike McQueary's civil lawsuit against Penn State starts today.

McQueary provided key evidence used to convict another former Penn State coach, Jerry Sandusky, of child sex abuse. McQueary said his contract with the team was allowed to expire in 2012. He says the school was retaliating against him for helping police.

McQueary was put on paid administrative leave when Sandusky was charged, and he never coached again.

Told Paterno, but not the police

McQueary, who is also suing over a press release from the school he claims was defamatory,  is seeking more than $4 million in damages. 

Neither side has discussed the case much in public. 

Sandusky was ultimately convicted of 45 counts of child sexual abuse and is serving 30 to 60 years in a state prison.

McQueary did not go to police when he saw Sandusky abusing a boy in 2001, but told his boss, then-coach Joe Paterno. 

Some Penn State supporters saw McQueary as tarnishing Paterno's legacy.

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Former Penn State administrator Tim Curley arrives at District Court for his arraignment Friday, Nov. 2, 2012 in Harrisburg, Pa. Curley, Penn State athletic director on leave and Gary Schultz, retired vice president for business and finance for Penn State, were arraigned Friday on new accusations they hushed up child sexual abuse allegations against former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. (AP Photo/Bradley C Bower)

Sandusky was convicted in 2012, but the fallout from the case continues. Last week, former athletic director Tim Curley's charge of perjury was dropped, the Centre Daily Times reports. He faces a charge of failure to report suspected child abuse.

That dropping of charges fueled further criticism of McQueary from PSU supporters.

Why so much hate for McQueary?

While few disagree with the verdict in Sandusky's case, many Penn State supporters thought Paterno was unfairly caught in the crossfire, despite later reports offering evidence he knew about Sandusky's abuse but didn't tell police.

Others thought the NCAA's punishment was too harsh: a four-year postseason ban, a $60 million fine, a limit on athletic scholarships, five years of probation and vacating 111 wins from 1998 to 2011. That last punishment was later rescinded.

What do you think of McQueary's lawsuit?

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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