Big Ten Network's third Penn State Day airs Wednesday

July 20, 2009

The Big Ten Network will air several of the Nittany Lions' most memorable victories from 2008-09 and seasons past on Wednesday, July 22, with 24 hours of Penn State programming.

Also this week will feature a new edition of "Conversations from Penn State," featuring an interview with Grandma Aggie at 7 p.m. Tuesday with a replay at 4 p.m. Eastern time Thursday and 8 a.m. Friday. In addition, the third episode of "Expert Opinion," hosted by University President Graham Spanier, will air at 7 p.m. Thursday and again at 1 a.m. Friday and will cover the topic of "The College Student as Athlete."

The third of three days this summer dedicated to Penn State on the Big Ten Network will feature the Nittany Lion men's basketball, football, women's soccer and women's volleyball teams.

Penn State Day begins Wednesday at 6 a.m. with the Nittany Lions' dramatic 2001 victory over Ohio State, making Joe Paterno the all-time victories leader, with 324, among major college coaches. Penn State scored the final 20 points of the game for a 29-27 win in the biggest home comeback of Paterno's 43 years as head coach.

Episodes of the Big Ten's Greatest Games featuring the Nittany Lions will air throughout the day:

- 9 a.m. - Penn State's 13-6 win at Ohio State during the 2008 football season;

- 3 p.m. - The Nittany Lions' win over No. 1 Georgia in the 1983 Sugar Bowl to capture their first national championship;

- 7 p.m. - The Nittany Lion basketball team's thrilling 65-63 win over No. 2 Michigan State in the 2001 Big Ten Tournament;

- 10 p.m. - Penn State's 37-30 gridiron victory over Boston College and quarterback Doug Flutie in 1984.

The Penn State Basketball Story's season review episode airs at 9 p.m. and will look back at the Nittany Lions' school record 27 wins and exciting run to the 2009 National Invitation Tournament Championship.

Two matches from the Penn State women's volleyball team's march to an undefeated season and its second consecutive NCAA Championship also will air Wednesday on the Big Ten Network. At 11:30 a.m., the Nov. 22, 2008, Senior Day match with Wisconsin will air. At midnight, the Nittany Lions' 3-0 win at Michigan on Nov. 29, 2008 will air, as Penn State became the first team in NCAA history to win every game during its regular season. The win also clinched the Nittany Lions' fifth undefeated Big Ten season since starting play in 1991.

The Penn State women's soccer team won its fifth conference tournament last fall, and the championship game versus Minnesota will air at 1 p.m. on Wednesday. The Nittany Lions have won 11 consecutive conference championships.

Wednesday, July 22 - PENN STATE DAY

6 a.m. The Big Ten's Greatest Games: 2001 - Ohio State @ Penn State [FB]
8 a.m. Campus Programming: Making the Blue Band
9 a.m. The Big Ten's Greatest Games: 2008 - Penn State @ Ohio State [FB]
11 a.m. Short Stories: Penn State Nittany Lions
11:30 a.m. Women's Volleyball: Wisconsin @ Penn State (11/22/08)
1 p.m. Women's Soccer: Big Ten Championship - Penn State vs. Minnesota (11/9/08)
3 p.m. The Big Ten's Greatest Games: 1983 Sugar Bowl - Penn State vs. Georgia
6 p.m. Short Stories: Penn State Nittany Lions
6:30 p.m. Big Ten All Access
7 p.m. The Big Ten's Greatest Games: 2001 - Penn State vs. Michigan State [MBB]
9 p.m. Penn State Basketball Story: Season Review
9:30 p.m. Short Stories: Penn State Nittany Lions
10 p.m. The Big Ten's Greatest Games: 1984 - Boston College @ Penn State [FB]
12 a.m. Women's Volleyball: Penn State @ Michigan (11/29/08)
1:30 a.m. Short Stories: Penn State Nittany Lions
2 a.m. The Big Ten's Greatest Games: 2008 - Penn State @ Ohio State [FB]
4 a.m. Campus Programming: Conversations with Peter Hudson - Emerging Diseases
5 a.m. Campus Programming: Common Ground Lobby Talks - Marion Nestle: The Food Industry

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