Big Ten: Jay Bilas

Podcasts: More Penn State reaction

November, 10, 2011
The situation at Penn State was a hot topic Thursday on "The Doug Gottlieb Show" on ESPN Radio:

Former Penn State defensive tackle Brandon Noble says Joe Paterno's firing was like ripping the bandage off, hopes his friend Mike McQueary gets to tell his side, says numerous alumni are returning to campus this weekend and describes the ordeal as shocking.

ESPN's Jay Bilas says Penn State failed in human decency and civic responsibility by not contacting authorities, calls the situation "a conspiracy of cowards," expects it to get worse and wouldn't let Mike McQueary coach. columnist Gregg Doyel describes student behavior at Penn State on Wednesday night, hypothesizes why Mike McQueary is still on Penn State's football staff and comments on how Jerry Sandusky never received a ringing endorsement from Penn State.
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.

Any guesses?

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.