Mitchell lauds Penn State's progress

Published on NewsOK Modified: September 7, 2013 at 2:22 pm •  Published: September 7, 2013
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STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Penn State has made notable progress in its adoption of reforms meant to protect children from sexual predators like former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, the university's independent monitor said in an annual report.

Former Sen. George Mitchell, Penn State's athletics integrity monitor, issued his first year-end report on Friday.

The university has implemented most of the 119 recommendations laid out in former FBI director Louis Freeh's report last summer, Mitchell said. The NCAA required Penn State to adopt the recommendations as part of its consent decree with the university.

"The amount of resources, time and energy devoted to these efforts has been notable. We have been impressed by the professionalism of those leading this undertaking," the report said.

The consent decree imposed a $60 million fine on the university, temporarily reduced its scholarships and banned it from postseason play for four years. It followed the release of Penn State's scathing internal review, led by Freeh, into how school officials handled complaints about Sandusky's behavior with boys in 1998 and 2001.

The family of late football coach Joe Paterno and others call the Freeh report deeply flawed and are suing the NCAA over the sanctions.

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