'Expert Opinion' Big Ten Network show Oct. 21 examines life after NCAA

October 15, 2009

University Park, Pa. -- Penn State President Graham Spanier hosts the latest "Expert Opinion" show Wednesday, Oct. 21, joined by panelists who are all former college and professional athletes, to discuss the challenges and opportunities in student-athletes' lives after they depart NCAA collegiate athletics.

Spanier and the panelists -- Coquese Washington, Chris Zorich and Kyle Brady -- debate salary inflation, ego inflation and entitlement among young all-stars, and whether universities prepare them enough for dealing with fame and fortune, or for other careers if they fall short of their dreams of making the big leagues. Washington, Penn State's women's basketball coach, helped lead Notre Dame to the 2001 NCAA women's basketball championship and was the first player in WNBA history to lead three different teams to the postseason. Zorich, a member of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics and manager of student welfare and development at his alma mater, Notre Dame, played defensive tackle for the Chicago Bears and Washington Redskins. Brady, named an analyst for the Big Ten Network in September 2009, is a former player for the New York Jets, Jacksonville Jaguars and New England Patriots, and helped the Penn State Nittany Lions win their first Big Ten championship and Rose Bowl victory.

Watch a preview of the show here.

"Expert Opinion" is scheduled to air at 9 a.m. and again at 3 p.m. Eastern time on three consecutive Wednesdays in October on the Big Ten Network. Air dates are subject to change; check local listings.

  • Kyle Brady, center, gestures toward Chris Zorich, right, as Coquese Washington and

    IMAGE: Penn State Public Information

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