Rumors had been circulating for months about ESPN airing a 30 for 30 on the Bill McCartney era and the Buffs National Championship run, and an official announcement is finally here.
ESPN issued a press release today announcing five new 30 for 30 documentaries to air during a five week span from October to November, and on Nov. 3 sits "The Gospel According to Mac."
The description, though, doesn't exactly sound like a glorious recap of McCartney's march:
Football is a religion to many people. But few know the depths of both faiths as well as Bill McCartney, the former head football coach of the University of Colorado and the founder of Promise Keepers, a Christian men’s ministry. “The Gospel According to Mac” tells the truth-is-stranger-than-fiction story of Coach Mac’s controversial national championship run – two seasons that followed multiple arrests and strife between his mostly African-American players and the Boulder police, continued with McCartney’s own daughter becoming pregnant by the team’s quarterback before seeing that same quarterback struck by cancer, and culminated in consecutive Orange Bowl match-ups against Notre Dame. Bill McCartney’s passionate and often polarizing beliefs have made him many enemies and many admirers, but it’s difficult to deny that he embodies the essential issues facing football in America to this day.
The film sounds interesting to say the least, and you can bet all of Buff Nation, and a lot of the rest of the nation will be tuned in to the acclaimed documentary series.
The film is directed by Jim Podhoretz who was a producer on the "Survive and Advance" 30 for 30 about the life of Jim Valvano. He was also an editor on the 30 for 30: Soccer stories "Ceasefire Massacre," about the six Irish soccer fans who were shot down in a pub during the 1994 World Cup.