NCAA tabs Mitchell as PSU integrity monitor

STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) – Former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell will serve as the independent athletics integrity monitor at Penn State for the NCAA.

The NCAA announced Mitchell's five-year appointment on Wednesday. He begins immediately.

The NCAA says Mitchell will evaluate Penn State's compliance with NCAA sanctions and the integrity agreement with the NCAA and Big Ten. College sports' governing body says Mitchell will have “broad access to campus, personnel and records” and make any recommendations necessary for Penn State to comply with its requirements.

The NCAA last week levied strict sanctions against the school for the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal, including a four-year postseason ban, significant scholarship reductions and a $60 million fine.

Mitchell will prepare quarterly reports for the NCAA, Big Ten and Penn State trustees.

Penn State released a statement on Wednesday. The statement is listed below.

“We look forward to working with former Maine Senator, George Mitchell, who will coordinate with the University, including the Athletics Department, to ensure that the University complies the terms of the Athletics' Integrity Agreement. His extensive experience on the boards of major companies, such as Xerox, Fedex, Staples and Disney, and deep understanding of the sports industry, make him uniquely qualified for this position. University representatives hope to meet with Senator Mitchell soon to discuss how we will work together.”

David La Torre, spokesperson, Penn State University

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