Penn State pays victims $59m in football sex-abuse scandal
Penn State University has said it is paying $59.7m (€42m) to 26 young men over claims of child sexual abuse at the hands of a former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky (left).
University president Rodney Erickson called the announcement a step forward for victims and the school. "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," said Mr Erickson.
The trial capped a scandal that ended the career of legendary coach Joe Paterno, who transformed the once obscure school into a football power.
The Sandusky saga also brought down the school's president and focused attention on the dominant role college football plays on campuses across America.
It led college sports' governing body, the NCAA, to levy unprecedented sanctions against the university's football programme.
Harrisburg lawyer Ben Andreozzi, who helped negotiate several of the settlements, said his clients were satisfied.
Penn State has spent more than $50m (€36m) on other costs related to the Sandusky scandal, including lawyers' fees, public relations expenses, and adoption of new policies and procedures related to children and sexual abuse complaints.
Sandusky (69) has been pursuing appeals while he serves a 30 to 60-year state prison sentence.
He was convicted of abusing 10 boys, some of them at Penn State facilities.
Eight young men testified against him, describing a range of abuse they said went from grooming and manipulation to fondling, oral sex and anal rape when they were boys.