Wednesday, June 8, 2011
JoePa, Coach K to talk leadership on ESPN
By ESPN.com staff
Two of the most successful college coaches in history will meet June 20 for a special ESPN taping on Penn State's campus.
One coach recorded his 400th career win on the gridiron last season, while the other notched win No. 900 during March Madness. The two have combined for six national title in their 81 years combined as college head coaches.
OK, if you need it spelled out for you -- in the case of one coach, that's no easy task -- the coaches are Joe Paterno and Mike Krzyzewski. They will gather at Penn State's Eisenhower Auditorium and will discuss their experiences as leaders.
Students from both schools will be able to ask the coaches questions (Duke students and others will be able to participate through video conferencing from their campus in Durham, N.C.).
ESPN will air the hour-long show, called "Difference Makers: Life Lessons with Paterno and Krzyzewski," on June 30 at 8 p.m. ET. Colleague Rece Davis will host the event, and several former Paterno and Krzyzewski players, including Michael Robinson and Jay Bilas, will appear at the taping.
"I'm looking forward to working with Mike Krzyzewski and participating with students from Penn State and Duke," Paterno said in a statement. "Hopefully we can create something meaningful for others."
Added Krzyzewski in a statement: "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."
It's a unique and fun event, to say the least.
The event is invitation-only, and Penn State will announce ticket and seating information at a later date.