The next Mitchell report will be released Monday.
It is “confirmed that the report is scheduled to be released Monday afternoon,” said Josh Epstein, of DLA Piper, the law firm where George Mitchell is listed as a partner and chairman emeritus.
Mitchell was appointed in 2012 by the NCAA as Penn State’s personal watchdog, the independent monitor set to oversee the university’s progress under the athletics integrity agreement following the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. He has released quarterly reports on that progress.
Monday’s report will be his second annual report.
The report could contain good news for Penn State if it reflects the same positive comments as last year. The 2013 report was followed up three weeks later by an easing of the university’s football scholarship restrictions.
The NCAA’s 2012 penalties levied against the university as part of the hotly debated consent decree included a $60 million fine, the eradication of 13 years of football wins and a four-year ban on attending bowl games.
Board members and students, alumni and fans are wondering about the effect the report could have on the future of the university and the Nittany Lions.
Even a downtown clothing store, Lions Pride, published a report on its PSU Sports Blog, citing sources “within the walls of the NCAA” and claiming that head coach James Franklin was offered the opportunity to either further reduce scholarship restrictions or have the chance at a bowl game this season.