Before we get to who the other three programs (other than Arizona State, obviously) are, take a moment to have some fun and make a wish list of who you’d like to see. If you’re like most folks, chances are one or two of them will also be featured.
Okay. The other programs chosen? Penn State, Washington State, and Alabama. Quite the lineup sure to attract a diverse demographic of viewers.
HBO has chosen four college programs to run a Hard Knocks like show later in the season. ASU will be featured during the week of home game versus Washington State who was also chosen for the show along with Penn State and Alabama.
— DevilsDigest.com (@DevilsDigest) August 13, 2019
Now a lot of other folks have tried their hands at the Hard Knocks style, and each time it seems unimpressive. Maybe it’s the access that HBO manages to get, or their brilliant production team, but no one else that tries seems to match what HBO is willing to do.
Lots of folks have been pounding the table for Hard Knocks on a college campus, and the expectations will be high, but while I think Mike Leach will crush the opportunity, Herm and his squad will surely be entertaining, and James Franklin is great in front of the camera, I think most people are hesitant about how far Nick Saban is really going to pull back the curtain on The Process behind the Alabama powerhouse. Even if it’s just a small peek, it should be worthwhile to coaches and fans alike.
Time will tell if it will live up to the expectations, but there will be no shortage of hype around it for sure.
PM Update >> When asked about the possibility of Washington State being one of the teams chosen for the show after practice, Mike Leach shared that they’re simply in talks with HBO and nothing has been finalized.
Leach addressed the possibility of HBO doing a Hard Knocks-esque show at WSU this season. He reaffirmed they are just talking with HBO right now but he would love to share what he and his team does with anyone interested as long as it doesn’t compromising team’s focus and prep. pic.twitter.com/EESx0Ry7iW
— COUGFANcom (@COUGFANcom) August 14, 2019
We’ll update when HBO, or individual programs, make an official announcement.