ESPN scraps plans for '30 for 30' documentary on Nebraska football title teams

Tommie Frazier and the Nebraska football title teams of 1994 and 1995 would've been the focus of an ESPN documentary, though the network scrapped plans to include that in its "30 for 30" series.

A documentary about the Nebraska football title teams of the 1990s will not be shown in ESPN's "30 for 30" documentary series, an ESPN spokesperson confirmed Thursday.

The film, which was to document the roller coaster ride of Nebraska's 1994 and 1995 national title seasons was nixed by ESPN for a "variety of reasons."

"ESPN Films always has a multitude of stories in production at any time. While we remain excited about Nebraska football and its dynasty, for a variety of reasons — including timeline issues — we will not be moving forward with this film," an ESPN spokesperson said in a statement.

1620 KOZN was the first to report the news. 

Nebraska's 1994 and 1995 seasons were filled with off-the-field controversy and on-the-field domination. Over the course of two seasons, Nebraska was 25-0 with bowl wins over Miami and Florida. The 1994 season was head coach Tom Osborne’s first national title, and the 1995 team is often referred to as the best team in college football history.

Meanwhile, the Huskers dealt with a variety of off-the-field troubles, including an assault charge and suspension of Heisman hopeful Lawrence Phillips in 1995. Initially, Osborne kicked Phillips off the team after Phillips’ arrest, but Osborne later controversially let Phillips back into the locker room and instead suspended the running back. Phillips played in Nebraska's Fiesta Bowl victory over Florida to win the 1995 title.

The documentary would’ve likely also dealt with the death of quarterback Brook Berringer, who died in a plane crash after the 1995 season. Berringer was the starting quarterback for most of the 1994 season due to quarterback Tommie Frazier's blood clots. Frazier won back the starting job for the 1995 season and finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting.

The documentary's director, Eric Drath, did not immediately return a message from The World-Herald. Drath had said in an interview in February 2016 with WOWT Channel 6 that he was working on a film about the Huskers.

Other ESPN “30 for 30” documentaries about college football have included the Miami Hurricanes football dynasty, the USC football mini-dynasty under Pete Carroll and the NCAA scandal involving SMU’s program.

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