Linebacker Khairi Fortt leaves Penn State for California

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- When Khairi Fortt was a senior in high school, his first true choice for college was the University of California. A Connecticut native, he just wasn't comfortable with the cross-country move, nor was his family.

Two years later, he faced an unexpected decision. He had a second chance.

"The opportunity came up again," said his father, Guy Fortt, in a phone conversation.

Khairi Fortt officially transferred Wednesday to Cal, becoming Penn State's sixth transfer this week. A linebacker, he will have two years of eligibility remaining.

Last year, Fortt had 33 tackles, including six tackles for loss, and 2.5 sacks, and played in every game. The summer depth chart listed him as a "co-starter at middle linebacker" with Glenn Carson.

After the sanctions came out, more than 30 schools contacted Fortt, but Cal was the only school he visited.

In his father's words, Fortt "truly enjoyed" his time at Penn State. Fortt will finish summer classes at Penn State and move to Berkeley this weekend.

"Now at 20, he's a man," Guy Fortt said. "You have to kick the bird out of the nest and let him fly. Wherever he lands, that's where he lands."

Mitchell to monitor program

George Mitchell, a former Maine senator who authored baseball's report on performance-enhancing drugs, will monitor Penn State's compliance with its NCAA sanctions. His position is officially known as an independent Athletics Integrity Monitor.

"I enter this engagement mindful of the fact that this tragedy has deeply affected many lives, starting, of course, with the victims and their families," Mitchell said in a statement. "I will do my best to fulfill my independent oversight responsibilities to help ensure that Penn State University moves promptly and decisively to achieve the very high level of trust and integrity needed to fulfill its important mission to those it serves."

Mitchell will provide quarterly progress reports to the NCAA, the Big Ten and Penn State's Board of Trustees.

Also, new figures from Penn State indicate expenses from the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal continue to mount. Costs for legal fees, consultants and public relations firms from November through May total $14,494,970. That does not include settlements or the $60 million NCAA fine announced last month.

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