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JoePa & Coach K to Share Stage for ESPN Special (Update: Limited Tickets Available)

They preside over two of the premiere programs in collegiate athletics. They coach in two of the most storied venues in the country in front of two of the most intimidating crowds in sports. They’re known best for winning “the right way”, and their players almost always leave campus with a degree.

Their names are Joe Paterno and Mike Krzyezwski, and they’ve never met.

On Monday, June 20, the two legends will finally meet as part of an ESPN special titled “Difference Makers: Life Lessons with Paterno and Krzyzewski”. The event will be at 1:30pm in Eisenhower Auditorium and will be invitation only, though seating details have yet to be finalized.

From Penn State Live:

Ten days after the taping, an hourlong show titled “Difference Makers: Life Lessons with Paterno and Krzyzewski” will appear 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.

Former Penn State & Duke student-athletes Matt Millen, Michael Robinson, Jay Bilas & Jay Williams also part of the event, according to Penn State Assistant Athletic Director for Communications Jeff Nelson.

“Coach K” has been head coach at Duke University since 1980 and has led the Blue Devils to eleven Final Four appearances, including four National Championships. He enters his 31st season at Duke with 900 career wins, just two wins behind Bob Knight for the all-time record in Division I basketball. In addition to his success at Duke, Coach K has a combined 35-1 record as head coach of several USA men’s national teams. Krzyezwski is a 2001 inductee into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

UPDATE (6/9): A limited number of tickets will be available to Penn State students from 8am to 5pm on Friday, June 17 at Eisenhower Auditorium. Students will be able to receive up to two tickets with a valid student I.D. and all tickets are free of charge. If any tickets remain, they will be available to the general public on Monday, June 20 from 8am to noon. Read more at

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