JoePa, Coach K and quality TV

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ESPN could do well to orchestrate more programming like the special that will air tonight: “Difference Makers: Life Lessons with Paterno & Krzyzewski,” which lands on ESPN at 5 p.m. and continues on ESPNU at 6 p.m. as a combined 90-minute special.

Penn State football coach Joe Paterno and Duke basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski taped this on June 20 at the Eisenhower Auditorium on the campus of Penn State. Guests included Matt Millen and Michael Robinson, who played for Paterno, and Jay Bilas and Jay Williams, who played for Krzyzewski.

Rece Davis, not T.J. Simers, acts as the cordial host.

Topics explored: Ethics, integrity, legacy, pressures and NCAA-related issues. Among some of the sound bites:

== Paterno on the challenges of NCAA rules compliance: “I broke a rule the other day. We have an indoor place and the kids were working out. I walk by, stood there and watched them work out. Didn’t talk to anybody or anything. I go back in the office and said to the staff, you know, so-and-so looked pretty good running. (A staffer said) ‘Where’d you see him? You know you broke the rule.’”

Some video (linked here)

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