Thirteen people connected with the NCAA’s committee on infractions are being subpoenaed by late Nittany Lions football coach Joe Paterno’s estate.
On Wednesday, the Centre County Prothonotary’s Office posted a new document to the website that lists all court cases of media interest.
According to the certificate prerequisite of service, subpoenas are being issued for: former Conference USA commissioner Britton Banowsky, now executive director of the College Football Playoff Foundation; Notre Dame Senior Deputy Athletics Director Missy Conboy; George Washington University law professor Jack Friedenthal; Tampa attorney Christopher Griffin; Washington, D.C., litigator Roscoe Howard; Detroit lawyer W. Anthony Jenkins; Xavier Associate Athletic Director Susan Cross Lipnickey; Temple law professor Eleanor Myers; University of Oregon law professor James O’Fallon; SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey; Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Commissioner Dennis Thomas; University of Missouri law professor Rodney Uphoff; and Vanderbilt Athletics Vice Chancellor David Williams II.
Only five of the subpoenaed are current members of the COI. Those are Bankowsky, Conboy, Myers, O’Fallon and Sankey.
On March 29, Potter County Senior Judge John Leete signed an order overruling objections to the subpoenas from the NCAA.
The estate is suing the NCAA, President Mark Emmert and former executive committee chairman Ed Ray. The suit is fallout from the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.
Paterno was dismissed by Penn State after Sandusky’s arrest and died before Sandusky’s June 2012 conviction.
The university’s commissioned review of the situation produced the Freeh report, which assigned culpability to Paterno, former president Graham Spanier, former athletic director Tim Curley and former vice president Gary Schultz. The NCAA based its unprecedented punishment of the university, including vacating more than a quarter of Paterno’s wins, on that report.
The sanctions based on that report were vacated in January 2015 after a lawsuit between state Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman, R-Benner Township, and the NCAA.
The subpoenaed individuals were members of the committee on infractions at the time the NCAA’s sanctions were announced. The Paternos point to the NCAA going outside its normal channels for that punishment, with the sanctions coming from the executive committee rather than the COI.