"Last Chance U." returns for its third season next month, but its first season at a new school.
After becoming a cult smash in its 2016 debut at East Mississippi Community College, "Last Chance U." returned to follow Buddy Stephens and company for a second season in 2017. Netflix opted for fresh material for Season 3, moving to Independence Community College in Kansas.
The trailer clearly shows that Independence head coach Jason Brown will be the central character in the upcoming season, and the Q&A we did with Brown after Season 3 was announced last August showed that he's definitely a character.
FootballScoop: It was widely reported that the producers were considering a number of schools as finalists. Did you have to do any pitching about why they should come to Independence?
Brown: I didn’t. The truth of the matter is when they came to me they said, ‘Coach, we’re picking school and the coach that we think would make the best TV, us using our gut instincts to figure out if this is the spot.’ And I said, ‘I’m just going to be honest with you, I don’t really care if you’ve got cameras. If you choose us I’m either going to be at Independence next year or I’m going to be at Alabama or I’m going to be fired. It is is what it is.’ They got a kick out of that and they chose us. They said they chose us because of me. That’s fine and dandy, I’m not really boasting or anything. It doesn’t really mean anything to me. I’m pleased as punch that my kids have the opportunity to be showcased and my staff get the chance to show the world that junior college coaches really grind, they do the extra and they go above and beyond what a 4-year coach does. That’s just the nature of the beast, that’s the truth of the matter. We have to do things that the 4-year schools don’t have to do. We get our kids in an 18-month cycle. We don’t get to mold these kids in four or five years; we’ve got to do it in 18 months. Our recruiting is the hardest in the country. We have to go find the non-qualifiers or the kids that are leaving a 4-year, get them here, get them graduated and then try to make them a better person in an 18-month span, if that.
Season 3 of "Last Chance U." premiers on July 20.