By Michael Donovan
Penn State and the Paterno family have settled all claims.
Sue Paterno, widow of longtime former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, said the eight years since the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal came to light “have been difficult.”
Sandusky was charged, convicted and sentenced to decades in prison for sexually abusing boys during and after his stint as Joe Paterno’s assistant coach.
It was announced yesterday that the Paternos have dropped all outstanding legal claims and that the university would cover certain expenses incurred by the family.
The Paterno family and members of the Penn State community filed a lawsuit in May 2013 in an effort to get the NCAA’s severe sanctions against the university overturned.
Penn State lost scholarships and victories, and had to pay a $60 million fine in punishment levied by the NCAA. A settlement was reached in 2015 that restored Paterno’s and Penn State’s 111 victories, and restored their scholarships. Paterno’s 409 wins remain the most all-time by a major college football coach.
Joe Paterno was removed as coach on Nov. 8, 2011, when the Board of Trustees voted to dismiss him immediately instead of having him finish the season as he proposed. Paterno was diagnosed with lung cancer and he died of complications from the disease on Jan. 22, 2012.