Penn State agrees to pay $59.7 million to 26 victims of Sandusky
Penn State has agreed to pay a total of $59.7 million to 26 sexual-abuse victims of former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky in exchange for an end to their claims against the university
The New York Times and The Associated Press
Penn State has agreed to pay a total of $59.7 million to 26 sexual-abuse victims of former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky in exchange for an end to their claims against the university, school officials announced Monday.
Of the 26 settlements, 23 are signed and three are agreed to in principle, with final documentation expected within the next few weeks.
Rodney A. Erickson, president of the university, called the settlement “another step forward in the healing process for those hurt by Mr. Sandusky, and another step forward for Penn State.”
Erickson added, “We cannot undo what has been done, but we can and must do everything possible to learn from this and ensure it never happens again at Penn State.”
University officials emphasized the settlement money did not come from student tuition, taxpayers or donations, but from liability-insurance policies, which the university believes will cover the settlements and defense of claims brought against Penn State and its officers, employees and trustees.
Whatever is not covered is expected to be financed from interest revenues related to loans made by the university to its self-supporting units. The settlements are sealed by confidentiality agreements.
The university has been in talks with 32 individuals who were victims of Sandusky or claimed to be. In a statement, the university said some of the six remaining claims were without merit and others were in possible settlement discussions.
Sandusky, 69, is pursuing appeals while serving a 30- to 60-year state prison sentence. He was convicted in June 2012 of abusing 10 boys, some of them at Penn State facilities. The children were from disadvantaged homes and Sandusky, using his access to the football program, befriended and then repeatedly violated them.
The scandal led to the dismissal in 2011 of Penn State head coach, Joe Paterno, who died in January 2012. Three former Penn State administrators await trial on charges they were part of a criminal cover-up of the Sandusky scandal.
No. 7 Miami seeks to slow Winston
CORAL GABLES, Fla. – Jameis Winston’s numbers are exceptional. A 69.9 percent completion rate. An average of 311 passing yards per game. Multiple touchdown throws in every game so far this season.
That is how a redshirt freshman becomes a Heisman Trophy candidate.
That is also why the Florida State quarterback has Miami’s full attention.
Seven teams have tried, all have failed and this weekend it is Miami’s turn to try and figure out a way to solve the riddle of “Famous Jameis,” who will lead No. 3 Florida State (7-0 overall, 4-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) against the seventh-ranked Hurricanes (7-0, 3-0) in Tallahassee on Saturday.
“He’s beyond his years,” Miami coach Al Golden said when asked what impresses him about Winston. “He’s talented. He’s mature with the football. Strong arm, can move his feet, can create from a bad situation and I just think he’s excellent.”
Winston’s touchdown percentage rate of 12.6 leads the nation. His yards per attempt, yards per completion and passer rating each rank No. 2 nationally.
Miami has a history of thwarting Florida State quarterbacks. The Seminoles have passed for 11 touchdowns in their last 13 games against the Hurricanes.