Oversight of Penn State’s athletics program is ending early because a monitor believes the university has made sufficient progress after a child sex-abuse scandal highlighted shortcomings in its operations.
Athletics integrity monitor Charles Scheeler announced Monday that the agreement involving Penn State, the Big Ten Conference and the NCAA will conclude in December instead of in 2017.
The monitor was agreed to in 2012 after former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was convicted of sexually abusing 10 boys, including encounters that occurred inside university athletics facilities.
Sandusky is appealing his conviction while serving a 30- to 60-year prison sentence.
A year ago, Scheeler’s predecessor as monitor cited Penn State’s progress in announcing the university could resume post-season play and was getting back its full complement of football scholarships.