A former Penn State official subpoened in the lawsuit by state Sen. Jake Corman and Treasurer Rob McCord against the NCAA and Penn State will not be deposed.
On Thursday, an affidavit from Vicky Triponey was submitted to Commonwealth Court by Corman attorney Matthew Haverstick, of the the Philadelphia law firm Conrad O’Brien P.C.
Triponey, of Charleston, S.C., was vice president of student affairs at Penn State until September 2007.
In her affidavit, she attested to having “absolutely no communication of any kind with either party regarding the consent decree.”
However, Triponey, who was hired as vice chancellor of student affairs at the University of Connecticut by its then-chancellor, now NCAA president Mark Emmert, did say she emailed Emmert after he made public remarks on the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal in November 2011, “congratulating” him.
“I wanted to offer if I can be of assistance in any way as you look at the Penn State mess, please do not hesitate to call me” she wrote. “Unfortunately I know all too well what people are capable of doing when immersed in a toxic culture.”
According to the court documents, “She encouraged a staff member to forward the message to him.”
Triponey was interviewed by the Freeh Group as part of the Penn State-commissioned investigation of the Sandusky situation in March 2012. According to her affidavit, the interview did not concern Emmert, the NCAA, the future of the Freeh report or any agreement between the university and the NCAA, instead focusing on her experiences at Penn State.
The affidavit also acknowledges that although Triponey is not mentioned by name in the Freeh report, a footnote referring to “a former university official responsible for the disciplinary process” is “most likely” a reference to her.
In Haverstick’s filing, he described Triponey as “cooperative and forthcoming” and withdrew Corman’s subpoena.