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June 8, 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 hour-long show titled "Difference Makers: Life Lessons with Paterno and Krzyzewski" will air 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.
Rece Davis, ESPN college football and basketball studio and game host, will host the event.
The event will allow the two Hall of Fame coaches to talk about teaching leadership and teamwork, among other subjects. 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.
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 Coach Paterno, and Jay Bilas and Jay Williams, who played for Coach 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."
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."
Seating inside the auditorium has not been finalized. When those details are confirmed, ticket information for the invitation-only event will be announced.
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.