The Ohio State University’s football stadium looms above neighboring basketball courts, Saturday, May 18, 2019, in Columbus, Ohio.

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The Ohio State University will pay $40.9 million to settle lawsuits brought by 162 men who allege a former university team doctor sexually abused them.

An independent investigation in 2019 found that Dr. Richard Staruss sexually abused at least 177 students during his tenure from 1979 to 1997.

The investigation found that OSU personnel had knowledge of allegations against Strauss and repeatedly failed to act.

Strauss died by suicide in California in 2005.

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The Ohio State University announced on Friday it will pay out $40.9 million as part of a settlement of a combined series of lawsuits brought on by 162 men who said a team