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Former MLB Steroid Investigator George Mitchell Tabbed Penn State Compliance Monitor

by on August 01, 2012 4:23 PM

The NCAA appointed former Sen. George Mitchell as Penn State's independent integrity monitor Wednesday.

His five-year tenure begins immediately, according to a news release, during which he must prepare quarterly progress reports for the NCAA, the Big Ten Conference and Penn State’s Board of Trustees on compliance issues regarding the NCAA sanctions handed down on the football program last week as well as the athletics integrity agreement Penn State is expected to sign in the coming weeks.

Mitchell led the investigation into the use of performance enhancing drugs in Major League Baseball in 2006 and 2007, and he served as Chairman of the Special Commission Investigating Allegations of Impropriety in the Bidding Process for the Olympic Games.

“Senator Mitchell has impeccable credentials as a fair and experienced arbitrator nationally and globally,” NCAA President Mark Emmert said in a news release. “He will bring the benefit of his vast experience and knowledge to the execution of the agreement.”

Added Mitchell: “I enter this engagement mindful of the fact that this tragedy has deeply affected many lives, starting, of course, with the victims and their families.

"I will do my best to fulfill my independent oversight responsibilities to help ensure that Penn State University moves promptly and decisively to achieve the very high level of trust and integrity needed to fulfill its important mission to those it serves.”

Penn State spokesman Dave La Torre also issued a statement.

"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," La Torre said.

"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."

Nate Mink covers Penn State football and news for He's on Twitter as @MinkNate.
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