June 22, 2012; Bellefonte, PA USA: Jerry Sandusky leaves the Centre County Courthouse after being found guilty in 45 of 48 counts in his child sex abuse trial. Mandatory Credit: Mara Ticcino/The Daily Collegian-USA TODAY Sports

Penn State paying $59.7 million to 26 young men over Sandusky claims

Penn State University is one step closer to being able to put the awful Jerry Sandusky scandal behind them. With the team beginning to turn things around and the future looking bright with freshman quarterback Christian Hackenberg, the Nittany Lions football team has shown they can overcome the sanctions the NCAA handed down from the case.

However, the Sandusky scandal always hung over their heads, but now the university has taken another step that will put the wrongdoing by Sandusky in the past.

According to the Associated Press, Penn State will be paying nearly $60 million to 26 young men who were victimized by Sandusky during his time as a university employee.

We still need to learn more information about how the settlements will take place, but you have to applaud the university for finally making progress and settling the issue.

No amount of money will erase what Sandusky did to the innocent children, but it can at least help mend the pain.

Dick's Sporting Goods presents "Hell Week":

Tags: Football Jerry Sandusky Penn State Nittany Lions