— Don’t expect to see scenes from Thursday night’s MACJC football showdown when Netflix releases its second season of “Last Chance U.”
The documentary crew reached out to East Mississippi’s opponents during the offseason and Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College declined to be filmed.
“We look forward to an exciting game against EMCC; however, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College has opted out of the filming of EMCC’s reality show,” MGCCC President Mary Graham said in a statement to the Sun Herald prior to Thursday night’s kickoff. “What is being portrayed in the series is not representative of what is happening at Gulf Coast. Our focus is building champions both on the field and in the classroom. Fostering character, instilling integrity, and ensuring overall respect for players and coaches is the Gulf Coast way. That is why we say we are #intheblue.”
Netflix debuted the six-episode documentary in July and it instantly garnered plenty of attention across the country for its coverage of junior college football at EMCC in Scooba.
“’Last Chance U’ is good for our school,” EMCC athletics director Randall Bradberry said in a release when the series was renewed. “It’s given people across the nation an idea of what we’re trying to do for students. At a small campus like EMCC, every experience, both inside and outside the classroom, provides us all with opportunities to teach and learn.”
It wasn’t immediately clear on Thursday whether other EMCC opponents will allow themselves to be filmed.
Inspired by the GQ article called “Last Chance U,” the film crew originally expected to cover a national championship contender with the 2015 Lions. Instead, the series concluded with EMCC being disqualified from the postseason after a benches-clearing brawl in the regular season finale at Mississippi Delta.
The penalties carried over to the 2016 season for EMCC, which lost to Jones County Junior College, 27-25, last Friday after dressing just 32 players. The No. 12 Lions (0-1) were back to full strength Friday against No. 17 MGCCC (0-1).