Review of Last Chance U

Fridays, 3:00 AM ET on Netflix

60 minutes

Directed by Greg Whiteley (Mitt, New York Doll, Resolved), Last Chance U is a character driven, gut-wrenching behind-the-scenes look at the world of college football. Last Chance U follows a group of young men training to become the future stars of the NFL. The football players are the latest recruits to Eastern Mississippi Community College (EMCC), an undefeated team with 3 consecutive National Championships under their belt. The EMCC Lions have become a phenomenon in junior college sports, attracting elite athletes, some of whom have been held back by poor academic performance or behavioral issues. Under Coach Buddy Stephens, one of the most successful but least known athletic programs, EMCC graduates more than 20 players per year into football scholarships at four year universities, and nine of his former players currently play in the NFL.
Jun 27, 2017 9:51PM EDT

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This show is both a shocking look into the world of college athletics and a sad look into the motivations and priorities of people. It pulls back the curtain on college football and answers some of the questions that might be raised due to recent debates regarding paying college athletes.

Most fascinating and disturbing is the insight into the mind of coaches and student athletes. The coach all but admits the priorities of college sports programs might not have the best interest of the students in mind....


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