ESPN taping with Paterno, Krzyzewski set for June 20 at Penn State

June 08, 2011

University Park, Pa. -- A unique event -- the taping of an ESPN special featuring Penn State football coach Joe Paterno and Duke men's basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski -- will be conducted at 1:30 p.m. Monday, June 20, before a live, invitation-only audience in Eisenhower Auditorium on Penn State's University Park campus.

Ten days after the taping, an hourlong show titled "Difference Makers: Life Lessons with Paterno and Krzyzewski" will appear at 8 p.m. Thursday, June 30, on ESPN. The taped program will continue at 9 p.m. on ESPNU, featuring student questions for the legendary coaches.

The event will allow the two legendary coaches to talk about teaching leadership and teamwork. Along with the audience at Eisenhower Auditorium, Duke students and community members will be able to participate and watch the taping, thanks to Cisco Telepresence technology, from Room 119-Telecom Building on campus in Durham, N.C.

The coaches agreed to participate in the session in large part because of its student-centered focus, and the taping will include time for questions from students from both universities.

Ticket information has been released to the initial group of recipients for the invitation-only event. Their RSVPs are due by Tuesday, June 14, and any remaining tickets for Penn State students and the general public will be available beginning Friday, June 17.

Penn State students with a valid student ID may pick up a maximum of two tickets, while supplies last, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, June 17, at Eisenhower Auditorium. If any tickets remain, they will be available for Penn State faculty/staff, students and the general public from 8 a.m. to noon Monday, June 20, at Eisenhower Auditorium.

Tickets to the event are free. Those ticketed for the event must remain in attendance for the entire event, which begins at 1:30 p.m. and is expected to last a minimum of 90 minutes. Parking for the event will be free in the Eisenhower Parking Deck, with any necessary overflow directed to the East Deck, located off Bigler Road.

The on-campus component of the event is sponsored by the John Curley Center for Sports Journalism, housed in the College of Communications at Penn State, and made possible with cooperation from Penn State Intercollegiate Athletics and Duke Athletics.

In addition to Paterno and Krzyzewski, the show will include thoughts from guests who have had personal experiences with each coach. Matt Millen and Michael Robinson, who played for Paterno, and Jay Bilas and Jay Williams, who played for Krzyzewski, are scheduled to appear.

"I'm looking forward to working with Mike Krzyzewski and participating with students from Penn State and Duke," Paterno said. "Hopefully we can create something meaningful for others."

Krzyzewski added, "Certainly, I am humbled to share the stage with one of the greatest coaches of all-time in any sport and at any level. I have ultimate respect for Coach Paterno and everything he's accomplished at Penn State. Beyond all the victories and accolades, he is a great leader and teacher. I look forward to spending time with him, and learning from him, at such a special event that involves students from both campuses."

Davis said, "I'm looking forward to the rare chance to have two of the most influential figures in sports share life lessons. The impact that Coach Paterno and Coach K have had on their players outside the competitive arena will be a major part of their legacies. I look forward to hearing how they have adapted to the times in terms of motivation, leadership and team-building. I'm honored to be part of what I'm certain will be a thought-provoking and entertaining discussion between two guys who define class, winning and integrity."

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  • Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, left, and Duke men's basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski will be the featured participants in the taping of an ESPN special June 20 in Eisenhower Auditorium on Penn State's University Park campus.

    IMAGE: Penn State

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Last Updated June 28, 2011