On Saturday, the Michigan State Spartans were in town for Penn State’s last home game of the season.
Michigan State President Lou Anna Simon may have already known that she was intended to be the subject of a subpoena at that point.
The estate of late Nittany Lions head coach Joe Paterno filed a set of notices of intent to serve subpoenas that were received and date-stamped by the Centre County Prothonotary’s Office on Monday, but those documents were dated Nov. 26 by the estate’s attorneys. They were requested by Thomas Weber, of the law firm Goldberg Katzman PC, of Harrisburg.
According to the court documents, five separate subpoenas were filed by plaintiffs in the ongoing Centre County court case against the NCAA and Penn State for breach of contract. The NCAA is also accused of conspiracy, defamation, interference and more.
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Each notice states that the subject has 20 days to file any objections to the subpoena.
Barring any of those challenges, Simon is set to appear at 9 a.m. Jan. 29 in Lansing, Mich. Four other university presidents are similarly tapped to be interviewed.
Stan Albrecht, of Utah State, is scheduled for Jan. 27 in Logan, Utah. William Harvey, of Hampton University, is set for on Jan. 20 in Hampton, Va. Nathan Hatch, of Wake Forest University, is on deck for Jan. 22 in Winston-Salem, N.C. Harris Pastides, of the University of South Carolina, is planned for Jan. 23 in Columbia, S.C.
The five were all members of the NCAA executive committee and the Division I board of directors in July 2012 when historic penalties were delivered against Penn State in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. Simon was the representative from the Big Ten Conference.
Another member of the executive committee, then-chairman Ed Ray, is a named defendant to the suit, along with NCAA President Mark Emmert.