Vicky Triponey Fights Subpoena in Corman Lawsuit

I never thought I would need to write about Vicky Triponey again, but alas, here we are.

The maligned former Penn State Vice President for Student Affairs was subpoenaed in State Sen. Jake Corman’s lawsuit against the NCAA, which contests the consent decree and has resulted in dozens of embarrassing internal NCAA emails being released. Triponey’s lawyer filed a motion to squash the subpoena today and for a protective order against being involved in the lawsuit.

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“Dr. Triponey has no material information, nor has she had any relevant communications regarding the consent decree, sanctions, agreements or any of the events described by the parties,” the filing stated.

Triponey’s subpoena likely stems from the fact that she was one of 430 people interviewed by the Freeh investigative team, although she is barely mentioned, appearing in only one footnote. It’s safe to say she didn’t speak fondly of her former employer.

The nation knows Triponey as “The Woman Who Stood Up Joe Paterno” but, depending on who you talk to, her story in Happy Valley is spoken with a different tone. She was forced to resign by then-President Graham Spanier in 2007 for reasons that aren’t officially clear, but likely stem from any number of questionable actions during her four years at the helm of Student Affairs. Safeguard Old State, a now-defunct student activist website, published what it calls “The Vicky Triponey Timeline of Terror” which now serves as a permanent reference for a number of decisions made during her tenure which helped disempower students, including dismantling the student government, defunding the radio station for its anti-administration views, and taking the power to register student organizations away from students and giving it to administrators.

After the Freeh report was released, Triponey went on a media blitz in an effort to besmirch Joe Paterno, speaking to CNN and the Wall Street Journal about her alleged clashes with the coach over disciplining players.

Triponey might not want to talk to a judge now, but she was happy to assist NCAA President Mark Emmert in November 2011 at the beginning of the initial NCAA inquisition.

Triponey says she sent an email to the Emmert “congratulating him on his public remarks regarding the Penn State situation.”

That email says in part (as summarized by ” …as you can imagine, the last several years have been painful and quite lonely at times…but 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 on me. Unfortunately I know all too well what people are capable of doing when immersed in a toxic culture.”

In the past, Triponey has refused to speak to Onward State on the record (in no uncertain terms) about any of these decisions, so we are regrettably only left with the historical news record to draw conclusions. Recently, Louis Freeh was denied a similar motion to get out of his subpoena by Judge John Leete.

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Kevin Horne

Kevin Horne was the editor of Onward State from 2012-2014 and currently holds the position of Managing Editor Emeritus, which is a fake title he made up. He graduated from Penn State with degrees journalism and political science in 2014 and is currently seeking his J.D. at the Penn State Dickinson School of Law. A third generation Penn Stater from Williamsport, Pa., Kevin is also the president of the graduate student government. Email: [email protected]

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