Former United States Senator George Mitchell from Maine is serving as Penn State’s athletics integrity monitor and reports the school is doing an adequate job implementing change.
According to a report from the Associated Press and ESPN, the former senator says Penn State has “implemented most of the 119 recommendations laid out in former FBI director Louis Freeh’s report last summer” as required by the NCAA as part of their sanctions against the school, stemming from the fallout after the Jerry Sandusky scandal.
Other sanctions levied against Penn State include a $60 million fine, a four-year bowl ban and scholarship reductions. Sandusky was sentenced to a 30-60 year sentence after being convicted of 45 counts of sexual abuse in June of 2012.
George Mitchell, as you might remember, is no stranger to the sports world. He served as the independent investigator for Major League Baseball in their investigation into the illegal use of steroids and other performing enhancing drugs, better known of course as the “Mitchell Report”, released in 2007.
Penn State recently settled lawsuits with 25 of the 31 men who claimed they were abused by former Nittany Lions football coach Sandusky, for millions of dollars. The other 6 claims are currently: in litigation, close to being filed, near settlement, and three did not present enough evidence.