ESPN has ordered a documentary on the University of Miami's football program. But don't expect a rah-rah booster flick. It's being produced by Alfred Spelman and Billy Corbin, whose last documentary was Cocaine Cowboys, a searing recollection of the 1980s when narcotrafficker corpses piled up so fast that Dade County had to rent refrigerated trailers to handle the morgue overflow. (Spelman and Corbin have produced a sequel about narcoqueen Griselda Blanco -- Cocaine Cowboys II: Hustlin' With The Godmother -- that's scheduled for DVD release this month.)
The UM documentary will air as part of a series called 30 for 30 -- 30 films covering sports events of the past 30 years, commemorating ESPN's 30th anniversary in 2009. No air date has been set. But ESPN's announcement of the acquisition noted pointedly: "No program’s style has been more of a lightning rod for simultaneous excellence and controversy than the University of Miami."