Mike McQueary gets $1.7M in whistleblower fees

Written by Mark Scolforo/The Associated Press | Mar 31, 2017 12:25 PM

FILE PHOTO: Former Penn State University assistant football coach Mike McQueary, center, leaves the Centre County Courthouse. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

(Harrisburg) -- A former Penn State assistant coach is getting his legal fees paid after winning a whistleblower claim over his treatment by the university after Jerry Sandusky's child molestation arrest.

Judge Thomas Gavin has granted Mike McQueary's lawyers $1.7 million for their work on the case.

That's on top of the nearly $5 million Gavin awarded to McQueary in November.

The judge's new order is also giving McQueary $15,000 for a bowl bonus he would have earned if the school hadn't suspended him from coaching after Sandusky's arrest in November 2011. Penn State is also being ordered to pay about $34,000 in other legal costs.

A jury previously granted McQueary $7.3 million for defamation and misrepresentation.

Penn State says its lawyers haven't analyzed the judge's decision on legal fees.

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