BIG TEN STATEMENT
September 24, 2013INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
Park Ridge, Ill. - Earlier today the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
held a teleconference to announce a modification to the sanctions set forth in the
Consent Decree that the NCAA entered into with Penn State on July 23, 2012.
The NCAA's decision to modify the Consent Decree was based strongly on the
recommendations of Senator George Mitchell who has been serving since August 2012 as
the independent Athletics Integrity Monitor responsible for overseeing Penn State's
implementation of the reforms set forth in the Athletics Integrity Agreement (AIA).
The AIA was entered into on August 29, 2012 by the NCAA, the Big Ten Conference and
Penn State as one of the requirements of the Consent Decree.
As a party to the AIA, the Big Ten, through its Council of Presidents and
Chancellors (COPC), met with Senator Mitchell on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 and
received his report on Penn State's progress in complying with the reform
requirements of the AIA. Senator Mitchell's briefing included a recommendation to
modify the NCAA sanctions in the Consent Decree related to scholarships based on the
significant progress that Penn State has made to date in its compliance and reform
efforts. He made no other recommendations to modify any other sanctions at this
"On the basis of Senator Mitchell's briefing, the COPC reached consensus to support
his recommendation to the NCAA," said COPC Chair and Iowa President, Sally Mason.
"We support the NCAA's announcement today acting on that recommendation."