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Joe Paterno said Penn State erred on Jerry Sandusky, according to witness

Penn State head coach Joe Paterno pauses during

Penn State head coach Joe Paterno pauses during a 2008 post-game news conference. Credit: AP

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- A former Penn State assistant coach says that longtime football coach Joe Paterno told him the university mishandled its response to the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

Mike McQueary testified Monday as a star witness in a hearing for three former Penn State officials accused in a cover-up.

McQueary says that Paterno told him "Old Main screwed up" -- a reference to Penn State's administration. He also says Paterno warned him the university would try to scapegoat him.

McQueary's appearance was the highlight of the daylong hearing. Testimony will continue Tuesday.

Former Penn State president Graham Spanier (SPAN'-yer), retired university vice president Gary Schultz and ex-athletic director Tim Curley are accused of failing to tell authorities that McQueary reported seeing Sandusky molest a child in a university locker-room shower and of trying to cover it up. They say they're innocent.

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