Pennsylvania State University trustees say they have approved settlements for some men who claim to have been abused by former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, according to the Associated Press.
The AP says the board approved the settlements in a meeting on Friday. The agreements range in value and will be finalized in the coming weeks.
News of the settlements comes as a reporter with the Centre Daily Times witnessed a closed-door executive board meeting where current Penn State football coach Bill O'Brien gave a presentation that hinted at the school possibly asking the NCAA to reduce some of the sanctions it levied against the football program in the wake the Freeh Report– an independent investigation into the school's actions surrounding Sandusky's crimes.
The board meeting comes exactly one year after the release of the Freeh Report, which said the university showed "total disregard for the safety and welfare" of Sandusky's victims.
Ex-Penn State president Graham Spanier filed a libel and defamation suit Thursday against Louis Freeh, the author of the report.
Spanier was forced out as school president after Sandusky was arrested in November 2011. The Freeh Report said that high-ranking officials – including Spanier – at the university failed to protect children from Sandusky.
Sandusky is serving up to a 60 year prison sentence after being convicted of 45 counts of child sexual abuse last June.