A new independent athletics integrity monitor for the NCAA has been named at Penn State.
Wednesday, it was announced by the NCAA that U.S. Sen. George Mitchell will fill that spot, which is a five-year appointment. Sen. Mitchell will start immediately.
According to the NCAA, 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.
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