Updated Nov 10, 2011 - 5:19 pm
Cardinals' voice Pasch in difficult spot
On Sundays in the fall, Pasch describes all the action of Arizona Cardinals games.
On Saturdays, Pasch works for ESPN, along with commentators Chris Spielman and Urban Meyer, broadcasting one of the network's premier college football games.
This week, you probably wouldn't find too many volunteers to take Pasch's job.
Saturday, Pasch and company will be in State College, Pennsylvania to call the pivotal Penn State-Nebraska Big Ten tilt at Beaver Stadium. Of course, due to the recent uncovering of allegations of sexual abuse by former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky, the firing of head coach Joe Paterno, university president Graham Spanier and athletic director Tim Curley, the game has become secondary on the national radar.
As a broadcaster, Pasch is faced with the challenge of keeping the sordid mess that's unfolded at Penn State in balance with the actual description of the game.
When Pasch joined Doug and Wolf Thursday on Arizona Sports 620, Ron Wolfley asked him if this will be the most difficult broadcast he's ever done.
"I don't think there's any question, Wolf. Just looking at that Grand Jury report, knowing that I had to read it and really did not have a desire to read it. But you read it and it just makes you sick to your stomach," Pasch said.
Despite the disgusting nature of the situation, and the anticipated difficulty in the broadcast, Pasch remains pretty clear on what his crew's responsibilities will be while on the air on Saturday.
"Our goal as a team, and we've talked about this is we need to be fair to the game, and making sure that we document the game, because there are people that are watching for the game, but obviously first and foremost, being aware. Being aware of the allegations and the victims and the news—the developments of the week around Coach Paterno and just the developments on campus," he said.
And Pasch acknowledged that those developments could change at a moment's notice.
"What happens with (Penn State assistant) Mike McQueary. Where does he coach from, if he coaches at all? What does the Governor do if he steps in and does anything? Is there news from the NCAA? What if Coach Paterno shows up? What if there's a boycott? There's still so many things that can take place on game day, there's only so much you can prepare for."
You can check out the Penn State-Nebraska game this Saturday morning on ESPN. Kickoff is scheduled for just after 10:00 a.m.
And you can hear Pasch's call of the Cardinals-Eagles game along with Ron Wolfley on Arizona Sports 620. Kickoff is at 11:00 a.m.
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