Three Preview Clips of Next Week’s ’30 for 30′ The Best That Never Was
The fall run of 12 “30 for 30” films in ESPN’s critically acclaimed series will end Tuesday, Nov. 9, at 8 p.m. ET with the two-hour documentary The Best That Never Was. In 1981, a dozen big-time football programs sat waiting for the decision by a physically powerful and lightning-quick high school running back named Marcus Dupree. On his way to eclipsing Herschel Walker’s record for the most touchdowns in high school history, Dupree attracted recruiters from schools in every major conference to his hometown of Philadelphia, Miss. More than a decade removed from being a flashpoint in the civil-rights struggle, Philadelphia was once again thrust back into the national spotlight. Dupree took the attention in stride, and committed to Oklahoma. What followed, though, was a forgettable college career littered with conflict, injury and oversized expectations. Eight-time Emmy Award-winner Jonathan Hock will examine why this star burned out so young and how he ultimately used football to redeem himself.
The “30 for 30” series will conclude Saturday, Dec. 11 with the two-hour Pony Excess about the SMU athletics program of the 1980s. The film will be televised at 9 p.m. immediately after the Heisman Trophy presentation on ESPN. All materials for the series can be found in the ESPN Film’s press kit.