If you are a Miami fan (and even if you are not), odds are that you have seen ESPN films: 30 for 30 – The U, not once but probably multiple times. Fans have been anxiously waiting for a follow-up to Billy Corben’s epic documentary and it appears that they won’t have to wait much longer.
For those of you not familiar with Corben’s The U, the following film summary comes directly from ESPN:
Throughout the 1980′s, Miami, Fla., was at the center of a racial and cultural shift taking place throughout the country. Overwhelmed by riots and tensions, Miami was a city influx, and the University of Miami football team served as a microcosm for this evolution. The image of predominately white university was forever changed when coach Howard Schnellenberger scoured some of the toughest ghettos in Florida to recruit mostly black players for his team. With a newly branded swagger, inspired and fueled by the quickly growing local Miami hip-hop culture, these Hurricanes took on larger-than-life personalities and won four national titles between 1983 and 1991. Filmmaker Billy Corben, a Miami native and University of Miami alum, will tell the story of how these “Bad Boys” of football changed the attitude of the game they played, and how this serene campus was transformed into “The U.””
Welcome The U Reloaded – a documentary that chronicles the University of Miami’s football program through NCAA sanctions to their eventual fifth national title in 2001.
As noted on the film’s website:
Whether you’re a fan of the University of Miami Hurricanes or not, you will want to see this documentary as it tells the story of a program in some of its darkest days due to sanctions from the NCAA, coaching changes, the gruesome murder of a star player, lack of scholarship players and talent to its rise to not only winning the 2001 BCS Championship, but also fielding arguably the greatest college football team of all-time.”
The U Reloaded is scheduled for release in the fall of 2013.
Click here to view the trailer.