Last Chance U

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The title styled in block lettering like a college sweater logo written above a player's back
Genre
Directed by Greg Whiteley, Adam Ridley
Music by Yuri Tománek, Joseph Minadeo
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 23
Production
Producer(s)
  • Adam Leibowitz
  • Adam Ridley
Production location(s) Scooba, Mississippi, United States
Running time 52–76 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor Netflix
Release
Original release July 29, 2016 (2016-07-29)
External links
Website

Last Chance U is an American documentary television series that is produced and premiered by Netflix. The seven-episode first season, directed by Greg Whiteley, explores the football program at East Mississippi Community College, which features several collegiate athletes that have been removed from Division I rosters due to academic or disciplinary issues. The players are then required to perform at the junior college (JUCO) level, under the stewardship of coach Buddy Stephens, in order to prove themselves and return to Division I.[1]

The series' second season returned to Mississippi,[2] but transitioned to Independence Community College in Kansas for the show's third season,[3] which premiered on July 20, 2018.

Synopsis[edit]

The series focuses on all aspects of the football program at East Mississippi Community College, one of the most successful JUCO programs in the country. Major themes include the academic struggles of the players, some of whom have come from severely disadvantaged backgrounds. Team academic advisor Brittany Wagner is featured prominently as she is tasked with getting all team members to graduate on time. Head coach Buddy Stephens' struggles with controlling his temper is also a major theme, which is often juxtaposed with his devout Christian faith that he attempts to impart on the team.

Season 1[edit]

The crew followed the EMCC Lions during their 2015 season as they attempted to capture their fourth JUCO national title. While the team appeared dominant for much of the year, their season was derailed after a brawl broke out during their game with Mississippi Delta. EMCC was disqualified from the state playoffs and a potential berth to the national championship game.[4]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
August 27 Southwest Mississippi No. 1 Sullivan–Windham Field • Scooba, MS W 69–20  
September 3 at No. 4 Copiah–Lincoln No. 1 Stone Stadium • Wesson, MS L 24–31  
September 10 Coahoma No. 7 Sullivan–Windham Field • Scooba, MS W 69–0  
September 17 at Northeast Mississippi No. 7 Tiger Stadium • Booneville, MS W 56–7  
September 26 Itawamba No. 6 Sullivan–Windham Field • Scooba, MS W 48–24  
October 1 at Jones County No. 7 Bobcat Stadium/Sim Cooley Field • Ellisville, MS W 49–7  
October 8 at Holmes No. 6 Ras Branch Field • Goodman, MS W 44–28  
October 15 No. 4 Northwest Mississippi No. 8 Sullivan–Windham Field • Scooba, MS W 49–16  
October 22 at Mississippi Delta No. 3 Jim Randall Field • Moorhead, MS W 48–0  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from NJCAA released prior to game. Source:[5].

Season 2[edit]

Netflix returned to Scooba to follow their 2016 season. Once again holding national championship aspirations, the team faced a major hurdle in that only 32 of their players were eligible for their opening game with Jones County Junior College due to suspensions related to the previous season's brawl. EMCC lost that game, 27–25, their first season-opening loss since 2010.[6] The Lions would go on to win the rest of their games, but were left out of the national championship game when they finished the season ranked No. 3 in the polls.[7]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site Result
September 1 at Jones County No. 1 Bobcat Stadium/Sim Cooley Field • Ellisville, MS L 25–27  
September 8 at No. 17 Mississippi Gulf Coast No. 12 A. L. May Memorial Stadium • Perkinston, MS W 45–7  
September 15 Northeast Mississippi No. 14 Sullivan–Windham Field • Scooba, MS W 54–10  
September 22 at No. 15 Itawamba No. 11 Eaton Field • Fulton, MS W 44–42  
September 29 Mississippi Delta No. 9 Sullivan–Windham Field • Scooba, MS W 73–7  
October 6 at No. 16 Holmes No. 5 Ras Branch Field • Goodman, MS W 63–49  
October 15 No. 1 Northwest Mississippi No. 4 Sullivan–Windham Field • Scooba, MS W 51–32  
October 20 at Coahoma No. 3 James E. Miller Stadium • Clarksdale, MS W 42–0  
October 27 Hinds No. 3 Sullivan–Windham Field • Scooba, MS W 42–0  
November 5 Mississippi Gulf Coast No. 3 Sullivan–Windham Field • Scooba, MS (MACJC Semifinal) W 27–24  
November 12 No. 4 Northwest Mississippi No. 3 Sullivan–Windham Field • Scooba, MS (MACJC Championship) W 38–30  
December 4 vs. No. 13 Kilgore No. 3 A. L. May Memorial Stadium • Perkinston, MS (Mississippi Bowl) W 27–17  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from NJCAA released prior to game. Source:[8].

Season 3[edit]

Despite being invited back to EMCC for a third season,[9] producers decided to move the show to Independence Community College of Kansas.[10] The new location is different in that ICC has historically had much lower expectations than EMCC; in 2016, it ended the season 5–4, its first winning season in ten years.[11] The ICC Pirates had a very successful recruiting campaign for the 2017 season, landing many acclaimed players who began at NCAA Division I schools.[12]

Reception[edit]

The series was given a positive review by SB Nation's Jason Kirk, who summed it up as a "carefully crafted drama with personalities to care about."[13]

EMCC featured staff[edit]

  • Buddy Stephens (head coach)
  • Brittany Wagner (academic advisor)
  • Marcus Wood (offensive coordinator)
  • Davern Williams (defensive line coach)
  • Ed Holly (defensive coordinator, season 2)
  • Clint Trickett (quarterbacks coach)
  • Cade Wilkerson (running backs coach)

ICC featured staff[edit]

  • Jason Brown (head coach)
  • Jason Martin (defensive coordinator, secondary coach)
  • Kiyoshi Harris (offensive coordinator, offensive line coach)
  • Frank Diaz (quarterback coach)
  • Raechal Martin (head athletic trainer)
  • Tammy Geldenhuys (athletic director)
  • Latonya Pinkard (English teacher, associate professor)
  • Daniel Barwick (president)

Players[edit]

Season 1[edit]

Player Position Transfer in Transfer out Notes
John Franklin III QB Florida State Auburn Franklin was officially added to the Auburn football roster in 2016 and played sparingly in his first season on The Plains, recording one passing touchdown and two rushing touchdowns while backing up starter Sean White.[14] In August 2017, he transferred to Florida Atlantic University as a wide receiver.[15] After going undrafted in the 2018 NFL Draft, Franklin signed with the Chicago Bears as a defensive back.[16]
Wyatt Roberts QB Mississippi State On the show, Roberts mentions that if big offers don't come in, he's going to be content to move on to Mississippi State, where he would attend as a student and not walk-on to the football team.

True to his word, Roberts did not walk-on to Mississippi State.[17] However, after a quarterback transferred out of the team, Head Coach Dan Mullen approached Wyatt, who then walked-on to the team.[18]

Dacorius (D. J.) Law RB UAB Law was officially admitted to UAB after final clearance was provided on August 30, 2016. Struggling with academics and an injured knee, he did not play for UAB and left the team in May 2017.[19]
Allenzae Staggers WR Southern Miss Staggers joined the Southern Miss football team after the culmination of his Junior year at EMCC. In his first season with the Golden Eagles, he led the team in receiving yards with 1165, and added 7 touchdowns,[20][21] and was placed on the Biletnikoff Watch List[22] He also had a team record 292 receiving yards in a single game.[23] After the 2018 season Staggers was invited to Washington Redskins minicamp. [24]
Ronald Ollie DT Nicholls State He played one year at Nicholls State and had 41 tackles, two sacks, and a touchdown. He then left, saying he wants to play at a higher level,[25] but returned in early 2018.[26]
Marcel Andry DT Nicholls State Andry played 10 games in his first season with the Colonels and had 17 tackles.[27] Played all 12 Games in his senior season while starting one. [28]
Gary McCrae LB Louisville
James Davis OL UAB[29]
Isaiah Wright RB West Georgia

Signed by Auburn in 2016, but never attended.[30] Committed to West Georgia in 2017 and attended spring training but never played for them, and in August 2017 it was announced that he was leaving the team.[31][32] On 13 September 2017, Wright was charged with criminal homicide connected to a fatal stabbing in Tennessee in July.[33]

Season 2[edit]

Player Position Transfer in Transfer out Notes
DeAndre Johnson QB Florida State Florida Atlantic
Isaiah Wright RB West Georgia Wright participated in spring football at WGU but left the school before the season began.[34] He was arrested for criminal homicide in September 2017.[35] On November 8, 2017 the charges were dismissed against his brother Camion, also featured on Last Chance U.[36]
Chauncey Rivers DL Georgia Mississippi State Rivers was redshirted for the 2017 season due to academic ineligibility, and will work to join the Bulldogs rotation for the 2018 season.[37]
Dakota Allen LB Texas Tech Texas Tech Had a breakout junior season in 2017, with 92 tackles, 12 tackles for loss, and six forced turnovers. Named All-Big 12 by Pro Football Focus and second-team All-Big 12 by coaches and media.[38]
Kamonte "Kamm" Carter DL Penn State Pittsburgh Played sparingly at Pitt and in January 2018, announced he was transferring.[39] Ultimately transferred to Duquesne for the 2018 season.[40]
Tim Bonner DL Louisville Florida Atlantic
Vijay Miller QB Also played baseball at EMCC as a pitcher and was drafted in the 14th round of the 2017 MLB Draft by the San Diego Padres.[41]

Season 3[edit]

Player Position Transfer in Transfer out Notes
Malik Henry QB Florida State
Rakeem Boyd RB Texas A&M Arkansas
Kerry Buckmaster OL High School Lindenwood
Kingston Davis RB Michigan UAB
Carlos Thompson WR Texas Tech Missouri Western
Emmit Gooden DL Tennessee
Calvin Jackson WR Washington State[42]
Keith Williams OL Colorado State
Delrick Abrams DB Colorado[43]

source:[44]

Crew[edit]

  • Benjamin Cotner – executive producer
  • Edgar Doumerc – sound department
  • Joe Labracio – executive producer
  • Adam Leibowitz – producer
  • Lisa Nishimura – executive producer
  • Dawn Ostroff – executive producer
  • Adam Ridley – producer, director, editor
  • Jihan Robinson – executive producer
  • James D. Stern – executive producer
  • Lucas Smith – executive producer
  • Greg Whiteley – director, executive producer
  • Sam Young – sound department
  • Yuri Tománek – original music
  • Joseph Minadeo – original music

References[edit]

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