Joe Paterno Appearance on PBS' Charlie Rose Show Expanded To An Hour For Monday Airing

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa.; February 15, 2006 - Penn State's Joe Paterno and PBS's star interviewer Charlie Rose engaged in conversation Tuesday for a segment that was intended to be 30 minutes. However, each exchange sparked another and the interview logged in at nearly one hour.

Rose told his audience on Tuesday night, "The interview with Joe Paterno was so special that we want to run it uncut and therefore it will air on a future program."

Producers of The Charlie Rose Show informed Penn State today that the program is scheduled to air Monday, Feb. 20 in its entirety. The program airs weeknights on more than 200 PBS stations nationwide. WPSU-TV, Ch. 3 in the Centre Region, will air the Paterno interview Monday at 11:30 p.m. ET. Please check local listings for the airtime on stations in your area.

The program is scheduled to re-air on many PBS stations on Tuesday, Feb. 21 at 1:30 p.m. Please check local listings. The program also will be available via web streaming on

An Emmy Award winning journalist, Rose is regarded as one of the nation's most engaging interviewers. His program features discussions with the nation's best thinkers, writers, politicians, athletes, entertainers, business leaders, scientists and other newsmakers.

Program staffers indicated that Paterno was the first coach to appear on Rose's famed round table discussions.

"Last week, the Prime Minister of France and U.N. Secretary General were guests on the show. It was quite an honor to appear and have the segment extended to a full show; a tribute to Coach Paterno and Penn State," said Guido D'Elia, who handles communications and branding for football.

Paterno is entering his 41st season as head coach of the Penn State football team. This past season, the legendary mentor and teacher was the consensus National Coach of the Year after guiding the Nittany Lions to an 11-1 record, capped by a thrilling 26-23 triple overtime victory over ACC Champion Florida State in the FedEx Orange Bowl.

Penn State won the 2005 Big Ten Championship and finished No. 3 in the Associated Press and USA Today Coaches polls, as well as the Bowl Championship Series rankings. The Nittany Lions earned their 13th Top 5 finish under Paterno and won at least 11 games for the 13th time as well.

Paterno received numerous Coach of the Year accolades, including honors from the American Football Coaches Association for an unprecedented fifth time. He also was named the Dave McClain Big Ten Coach of the Year after leading Penn State to the conference title and a berth in the FedEx Orange Bowl, the Nittany Lions' 16th appearance in one of the four games that comprise the Bowl Championship Series.

Paterno is second in all-time victories among major college coaches and fourth in wins across all four NCAA divisions. A member of the Penn State coaching staff for 56 years, he owns a 354-117-3 (75.0) career record, posting his 350th career win at Illinois on Oct. 22. Paterno has led Penn State to national championships in 1982 and '86, five unbeaten and untied seasons (1968, '69, '73, '86, '94) and is the all-time leader in bowl appearances (32) and victories (21-10-1 record).

A 1950 graduate of Brown University, Paterno also has produced more than 300 NFL players, 71 first team All-Americans, 32 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-Americans (24 first team), 14 National Football Foundation Hall of Fame Scholar Athletes and 18 NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship winners during his legendary career. During the 2005 season, senior defensive end Tamba Hali was a consensus All-American and junior linebacker Paul Posluszny was a consensus All-American and a first team ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American.

Paterno and his wife, Sue, have contributed more than $4 million to Penn State for several academic and athletic building projects and to endow scholarships and faculty positions.




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