George Mitchell, who directed the investigation that reported widespread use of performance-enhancing drugs in Major League Baseball, has been selected as the probation monitor over Penn State University by the NCAA.

The former U.S. senator will monitor the Big Ten school during its five-year probation, the NCAA announced Wednesday.

"As Athletics Integrity Monitor, Mitchell will evaluate Penn State’s compliance with NCAA sanctions and the Athletics Integrity Agreement it will execute with the NCAA and the Big Ten Conference," the NCAA said in a statement. "He will have broad access to the campus, personnel and records and can make any recommendations he believes are necessary for the university to comply with all of its requirements and enhance adherence to NCAA and Big Ten principles, values, ethics and rules."

The sanctions, announced last month, included a $60 million fine, a four-year postseason and bowl ban, initial scholarships reduced by 20 each of the next four years, allowing entering and returning athletes to transfer without penalty, vacating all 112 football victories and a five-year probation.

The penalties were based on the Freeh Report, the independent investigation which alleged a cover-up of convicted child sex-abuser Jerry Sandusky in the athletic department by longtime football coach Joe Paterno and other school officials.