I. INTRODUCTION AND SUMMARY -
This is the first annual report of the independent athletics integrity monitor (“Monitor”) pursuant to section III of the Consent Decree between the National Collegiate Athletic Association (“NCAA”) and The Pennsylvania State University (“Penn State” or the “University”), and article IV of the Athletics Integrity Agreement (“AIA”)among the NCAA, Penn State, and the Big Ten Conference. This report also includes our first annual account of the University’s progress in implementing the recommendations made in the report by Freeh Sporkin & Sullivan LLP dated July 12, 2012 (the “Freeh Report”), pursuant to our separate role as the external monitor under the Freeh Report.
Throughout the first year of the Consent Decree, Penn State has demonstrated its commitment to fulfilling the requirements of the AIA and to implementing the recommendations made in the Freeh Report. 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 and their open and forthright communications with us. Where we have identified issues, they have been relatively minor and have been quickly addressed. These achievements have been accomplished notwithstanding heightened public scrutiny andcontinuing debate throughout the past year about the Consent Decree and its impact.
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