The roller coaster ride of Nebraska’s 1994 and 1995 national title seasons will get ESPN’s “30 for 30” treatment, a documentary film director said in an interview with WOWT Channel 6 on Sunday night.
Eric Drath, the director of the 2013 “30 for 30” documentary “No Mas” and several other films for ESPN, said the network is planning a film on the Huskers’ best-known squads. The 1994 team overcame injuries and long odds to win Tom Osborne’s first national title, while the tumultuous 1995 team — perhaps the best in college football history — dominated on the field while off-field incidents involving prominent players such as I-back Lawrence Phillips jabbed at the program’s reputation.
“This is not going to be an indictment of Nebraska or Nebraska football,” Drath said in the WOWT interview. “It’s also not going to portray this, like, wonderful season of victories without some of the things that happened off the field.”
Drath, who works with Live Star Entertainment, did not return several phone messages for interview requests left by The World-Herald on Monday.
According to WOWT, Drath is deep into the interview process that typically makes up “30 for 30” films. This film is likely to air sometime in the fall and does not yet have a title.
Another film, “Berringer,” produced in 2014 by Big Ten Network, was about former NU quarterback Brook Berringer, who figured prominently into the 1994 season and died in a plane crash in April 1996. That movie covered some of the 1994 season but didn’t include much of the negative publicity that would accompany the 1995 season.
ESPN’s “30 for 30” series has covered the Miami Hurricanes football dynasty, the USC football mini-dynasty under Pete Carroll, the NCAA scandal involving SMU’s football program, former Oklahoma running back Marcus Dupree and several other college football topics.