HBO is rolling full steam ahead with its Hard Knocks-style college football docu-drama series — which includes the Washington State Cougars — by releasing a 90-second promo to YouTube on Thursday.
There’s nothing earth-shattering in the trailer, but I think it does give us a little bit of a sense of where the focus will be over the course of the series: On the coaches of the four programs. Herm Edwards of the Arizona State Sun Devils, Dan Mullen of the Florida Gators, James Franklin of the Penn State Nittany Lions, and Leach all feature prominently in the video above.
That’s not actually all that surprising, given that those are the four most recognizable people involved in this whole thing. Additionally, coaches probably believe they’re infinitely more well equipped to deal with the “distraction” of the cameras and interviews than the players are. (They’re probably right.)
The four-part series will air on Wednesday nights in October, with WSU’s episode airing on Oct. 23. Interestingly, the ASU episode will appear the week before — and include the Cougars as the Sun Devils’ opponents.
For what it’s worth, Stadium obtained a copy of the contract between ASU and HBO and the school is receiving $50,000 for its trouble; we can assume WSU is getting the same amount for giving the cable network pretty much as much access as it wants. Per Stadium, here’s what HBO is entitled to in the week leading up to the featured game:
- “Daily practice footage with Coach and members of his staff mic’d up”
- “Meetings with Coach and his staff throughout the week (in Coach’s office and meeting rooms)”
- “Interactions/meetings between the Coach, the Coach’s staff and team members”
- “Short interviews with Coach and select members of the Coach’s staff, along with members of the team, throughout the week”
- “Coach off the field, including, but not limited to, in his car, but not in his home”
- “Select players away from the field, at such times as determined by University”
Again, as you can see: Lots of focus on the coach. Which means it’s not hard to figure out why WSU was an attractive subject for this series, which figures to be a win for everyone involved.
ASU also is given a 24-hour window to review the episode for anything it finds objectionable, and we can assume the same guidelines would apply to WSU.
So, this is a thing that is clearly photoshopped in order to fool everyone.
So they're not the same person... pic.twitter.com/VAzOVzFRbh— #DUUUVAL (@Jaguars) September 26, 2019
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