Originally written on The Juicy Online  |  Last updated 11/20/14
Even after death, Penn State legendary head coach Joe Paterno is still getting paid by Penn State. According to USA Today, Penn State handed out $5.5 million to $6.5 million to the Paterno estate in payments and benefits, on Thursday, to settle his employment contract with the school.

The payments were due to the longtime coach, who was fired back in November due to former assistant Jerry Sandusky's arrest on child sexual abuse charges. Paterno died a few months later -- in January -- of lung cancer.

In the payment, given to the Paterno estate, the estate received a $3 million bonus; an annual bonus of $425,000. Also the school paid 1.5 million for the use of the Paterno family's Beaver Stadium suite for 25 years. The school also paid $900,000, which came from television and radio revenue from last season.

The deal also includes the school pledge of payment to Paterno's wife -- Sue Paterno -- of $1,000 a month for life, and gives her on-campus parking and access to Penn State's hydrotherapy equipment.  

Other payments -- to the Paterno estate -- include Paterno's final paycheck $34,000, a death benefit of $51,000, a bowl bonus of $50,000 and $350,000 -- which is payable over five years -- under a 1986 consulting agreement. The university also agreed to forgive Paterno's $350,000 outstanding loans and debt to the school.

It's unknown why Paterno had a outstanding debt with Penn State.

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