Penn State abuse scandal reaches $237 million mark

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Penn State, who has endured one of the ugliest collegiate sports scandals of all time over the last five years, is nearly a quarter of a billion dollars deep with a lot of work still to go. The number, which continues to rise steadily, will likely not slow down anytime soon.

With multiple lawsuits and counter-lawsuits still in progress, there is a long road ahead for the parties involved.

In total, Penn State has spent $237 million on the scandal.

The eye-popping figure includes a recent $12 million verdict brought forward by former Penn State assistant coach Mike McQueary in a defamation and whistle-blowing lawsuit.

Penn State has reached a settlement with 33 of the victims who have alleged abuse, a total of $93 million.

The total also includes the $48 million fine imposed by the NCAA which is intended to fund anti-abuse efforts for children. $27 million in lawyer fees while they defend the lawsuits, and $14 million to defend three former administrators who are facing charges for failing to report the abuse and their handling of complaints against Sandusky.

It also includes approximately $5.3 million in crisis consultation services.

The school was also give a fine of $2.4 million after a federal investigation showed they failed to follow campus crime reporting procedure.

Jerry Sandusky is currently serving a minimum 30 year sentence for abusing 10 boys who were in his care.

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Michael NapolesCAMPUSSPORTS Writer
Michael is originally from Miami, FL and is of Cuban descent. He holds BFA from the University of Florida/New World School of the Arts and is also a stand-up comedian based in New York City. Michael is 5'11", but wears elevators in his shoes to make himself 6 feet tall. Twitter: @MichaelNapoles
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