Amazon Prime’s sports documentary series “All or Nothing” moved from the NFL to the NCAA featuring the Michigan Wolverines 2017 season. What starts off as a background on head football Jim Harbaugh’s return home fades into the Wolverines spring trip to Rome. Harbaugh is shown as a family man with little social skills. The cast of the show is littered with the internet sensitive Wilton Speight, the emotional rollercoaster Rashan Gary and the wacky former walk-on Chase Winovich. The coaching staff has the awe shucks Pep Hamilton and the old school foul mouthed Don Brown.
It took me until watching “All or Nothing” to realize how similar the stories of Michigan and Miami really are and how they’re both fighting to stay relevant in the modern era of college football. Harbaugh and Richt are both alumni of the schools where they are now the head football coach and that’s an important archetype in both stories.
Here is how “All or Nothing: the Michigan Wolverines” would look like at Miami.
Following Mark Richt
Mark Richt and John Harbaugh may not seem like similar personalities on the surface; Harbaugh is socially awkward and wears the same basic outfit every day while Richt has a man in black coolness to him that begets a character in Reservoir Dogs. While Richt may be more smooth on the mic both men take a family first approach. Katharyn Richt is on the sidelines working with the athletic training staff on game day while Sarah Harbaugh enjoys the luxury suite, but both wives play an integral part in the success of their high profile husbands. The Harbaugh’s young kids are ever present as would be Jon Richt, the ‘Canes quarterbacks coach.
Players with Personality
A reality show based on a football program wouldn’t be fun without showcasing players with big personalities. Miami has a few that would stand out including Michael Pinckney, Gerald Willis III and freshman Lorenzo Lingard. Lingard was the five-star force behind the 2018 recruiting class doing his recruiting on social media to ensure other top rated players signed with Miami.
Pinckney has a big sprit and a wild side that would be fun to watch. The rising junior will be expected to man the inside of the linebacking corps with Shaquille Quarterman who is the leader of the defense. Quarterman and Pinckney would make for a pretty interesting duo on a documentary.
.......we gone hold this down pic.twitter.com/Ji530mETqb— 56_nightmares (@56_Nightmares) April 29, 2018
B-List Look Alikes
The Michigan coaching staff has two coaches that look like b-listers from Hollywood in Pep Hamilton and Don Brown. Hamilton shares an uncanny resemblance to Lamorne Morris who plays Winston on “The New Girl,” right down to the corny sayings and positive attitude. Don Brown looks and acts similar to a character that shares his surname Manager Lou Brown from the iconic baseball movie Major League.
Winston vs Pep
Lou vs Don
Down in Miami there is a look alike that’s less Hollywood and more smoke filled sweat drenched arena as Miami tight end and special teams coach Todd Hartley shares his doppelgänger day on social media in professional wrestler James Ellsworth.
Todd vs James
Quarterback Battle or Controversy?
It would be interesting to see the behind the scenes film, practice and meetings watching Malik Rosier try to hold off N’Kosi Perry and Jarren Williams to maintain his starting quarterback status. The battle between incumbent Wilton Speight, senior John O’Korn and sophomore Brandon Peters was an interesting watch as Speight and Peters were injured and O’Korn just kept falling backwards into the starting quarterback role in Ann Arbor.
Hopefully for Miami everyone would remain healthy and the best player would win the battle which feels like it’s going to be the redshirt senior Malik Rosier. But it would also be interesting to see Rosier’s reactions to the message boards and Twitter jacklegs that Speight seemed so rattled by.
Michigan and Harbaugh brought in family members with famous coaching backgrounds in father Jack and brother John. The Harbaugh family have been around football since their father started coaching in 1964. It’s the family business and Jack and John both give inspirational speeches during “All or Nothing.” Where Richt doesn’t have famous family members Miami has their alumni in the building quite often and cameos from Michael Irvin and Ed Reed would make for great television.
While Michigan slumped to 8-5 on their Prime debut Miami is on the verge of the rebuild as Richt has taken a fired Al Golden’s underachievers to 19 wins over two seasons in Coral Gables. Miami’s climb to 2nd in the nation collapsed to three consecutive losses and a 10-3 record in 2017. In 2018 the big television moments would be against LSU in Arlington, hosting rival Florida State and the road trip to Lane Stadium to face Virginia Tech would make for exciting TV. Miami could and should be back in Charlotte for the ACC Championship Game for a rematch against the Clemson Tigers.
The road to Miami being back would make for great television and the people at Amazon should take notice.