Penn State pays up
Nearly $60 million is a lot of money for a university to pay out, but some may see it as a relatively small amount for Penn State to help put to rest the nasty child-abuse scandal related to its football program.
The university announced Monday it will pay $59.7 million to 26 young men who said they were sexually abused by Jerry Sandusky, a former assistant to legendary Penn State head coach, the late Joe Paterno.
Sandusky was convicted last year of multiple charges related to sexual abuse of minors and will likely spend the rest of his life in prison. Two other former Penn State officials still face criminal charges related to their alleged efforts to cover up Sandusky’s crimes. Six other young men have claims pending against the university.
So, the Sandusky scandal appears to be winding down at Penn State. But it should remain a cautionary tale for every college athletic program in the country.
School administrators and supporters cannot afford to turn a blind eye to reports of infractions or illegal activity within athletic programs just because a coach has a stellar reputation and is viewed an untouchable. As Penn State has seen, the costs to both the school’s coffers and its reputation may be much higher for doing so.