THE SEASON IS UPON US. And I don’t mean duck hunting.
It’s just two days until the college football season begins and if you CANNOT WAIT until Saturday and the College Gameday season opener at the LSU v. Wisconsin game from LAMBEAU FIELD (note: NOT at Alabama v. USC), then you are in luck. In the meantime, you can NETFLIX BINGE the six-episode first series of the Netflix original documentary, LAST CHANCE U.
For the football fan and the fair weather fan, I think most anyone can enjoy this look into a season (last season) at East Mississippi Community College, a junior college (JuCo) in Mississippi that has a reputation for winning games by unmerciful margins, winning national titles, and graduating their players to the next level of play.
The series was born with an October 2014 article in GQ: Last Chance U by Drew Jubera. In 2012, Jubera published Must Win: A Season of Survival for a Town and Its Team about a high school in Georgia, which I haven’t read but might have to add to my goodreads queue because I thought Jubera’s article was thoughtful and well-researched (unlike this ESPN article, The many hairstyles of Tom Brady).
My pitch for why LAST CHANCE U is great? It’s all about PEOPLE. REAL PEOPLE. People who came from nowhere and have nothing. And people who dropped down from great opportunities after epic mistakes or horrendous grades, and so aptly put by a previous EMCC player, about his life before EMCC, “I had the world by the balls. By the balls…” But they have to go somewhere to put the pieces back together. Even if it means going to a place like Scooba, MS where there are 700 some people in the town and the nearest WalMart is 40 miles away. From the GQ article, “If you don’t cut pines or hunt, there’s no reason to be here. Unless you play football. And need the grades.”
Here are some of my favorite people in LAST CHANCE U:
- The guy who RAAAAARs.
- The kid from SHUBUTA, MS named Ronald Ollie (#OllieforPresident) and needs to be subtitled because his accent is so thick and deep but his smile unmistakable.
- And the academic advisor, Brittany Wagner, who is just trying to make sure these kids have a pencil and a 2.5 GPA.
- And the two sports information guys. They kill me.
While the conference of Mississippi JuCo’s is not the SEC, there is a direct pipeline for quarterbacks out of Scooba to SEC teams:
- Ole Miss: Chad Kelly, Jim Kelly’s nephew was at EMCC after Auburn (10/22 at LSU)
- Mississippi State: Wyatt Roberts, the starting QB last season (9/17 at LSU) and walking on to the Bulldogs which has a QB opening after Dak Prescott leaving (a name you hoped to never have to hear again)
- Auburn: John Franklin III, who got lucky and had one great game last season and the biggest freaking ego (9/24 LSU at Auburn)
Just when you hoped you might never have to hear the name Clint Trickett ever again (QB, West Virginia 2013-2014 after being at Florida State University for a year with Jameis Winston), you are out of luck because he is the QB coach at EMCC.
Seriously, check it out. You will not believe some of the things you see and you will find yourself quoting Quincy from Little Einstein’s, “I CANNOT BELIEVE IT.” It’s so good it has been renewed for another season: EMCC confirmed for second season of “Last Chance U” on Netflix. MORE PLEASE.