30 for 30: Season 1, Episode 7

The U (12 Dec. 2009)

TV Episode  -   -  Biography | Drama | Sport
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.9/10 from 635 users  
Reviews: 5 user | 4 critic

This episode follows the rise to prominence of the University Of Miami after years of indifferent results. New coach Howard Schnellenberger revitalized the program by introducing fresh blood and fresh attitude into the team.

0Check in

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 494 titles
created 25 Aug 2011
a list of 1547 titles
created 11 months ago
a list of 25 titles
created 5 months ago
a list of 65 titles
created 3 months ago
a list of 4 titles
created 2 months ago

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: The U (12 Dec 2009)

The U (12 Dec 2009) on IMDb 7.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of 30 for 30.
« Previous Episode | 7 of 54 Episodes | Next Episode »


Episode credited cast:
Howard Schnellenberger ...
Dennis Erickson ...
Melvin Bratton ...
Alonzo Highsmith ...
Bernie Kosar ...
Bennie Blades ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jessie Armstead ...
Don Bailey Jr.
Don Bailey ...
Robert Bailey ...
Tolbert Bain ...
Kevin Brinkworth ...
Larry Coker ...


Throughout the 1980s, Miami, Florida, was at the center of a racial and cultural shift taking place throughout the country. Overwhelmed by riots and tensions, Miami was a city in flux, and the University of Miami football team served as a microcosm for this evolution. The image of the predominantly white university was forever changed when coach Howard Schnellenberger scoured some of the toughest ghettos in Florida to recruit mostly black players for his team. With a newly branded swagger, inspired and fueled by the quickly growing local Miami hip hop culture, these Hurricanes took on larger-than-life personalities and won four national titles between 1983 and 1991. Written by ESPN

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Biography | Drama | Sport



Official Sites:



Release Date:

12 December 2009 (USA)  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Production Co:

,  »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs



See  »

Did You Know?


Randall Hill: It wasn't my fault that they built that stadium where there was a tunnel in the endzone that I scored in. It wasn't my fault that the doors were open in that tunnel. It wasn't my fault that it was not illegal for me to run through that tunnel. Don't blame me. You can blame the architects of that stadium. You can blame the University of Texas for taunting us. You can blame Robert Bailey for setting up the whole thing by knocking the first person out. You can blame Craig Erickson for throwing me ...
See more »


References Animal House (1978) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A celebration of thug football.
21 August 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

In the 1980s and 90s, the University of Miami went from a second-rate college football school to THE powerhouse school. Unfortunately, they did this by encouraging thuggish behavior--a celebration of obnoxious and unsportsmanlike conduct. While this isn't the main reason I could now care less about sports, it is one of many. Sure, they were good teams--but the players frequently had brushes with the law, acted like jerks on and off the field and promoted the worst in people. BUT, they won games because apparently that is what's important in life--not character, class or intellect--just winning. Well, the ex-players and coaches all interviewed think this was the case, but there were many non-Miami players and coaches who couldn't stand them...and said so in this film. All in all, I found this to be one the least enjoyable films in the "30 for 30" series. Mostly, this was because I really hated what these people represented...and also because the film seemed to promote this or at least to tolerate it. This non-judgmental approach might appeal to some. It just made me annoyed. And, your view of their antics will greatly affect what you think of this installment of the series. It sure left a bitter taste in my mouth.

2 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Why is there a show for the Fab Five? fiend081
What stories of the last 30 years would you like to see films of? nowasbestosfree
Too much focused on the US hffc1977-354-148590
Where's the Love for 30 for 30? Who_Needs_Remote_Control
Best 30for30 tourney... pulpface
Straight outta LA... TheBored1fromCA
Discuss The U (2009) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page