In 2007, MTV launched a high school football-focused docudrama called Two-A-Days, which focused on traditional Alabama football power Hoover (Ala.) High's 2006 season. Now, some five years later, the network is preparing to re-launch the series while following another program from a different state … with a twist.
According to The News-Herald, which is part of MICentral Network, MTV plans to use the forthcoming edition of Two-A-Days to chronicle a "rebuilding" high school team. The leak about the show's main thrust came after it was confirmed that Lincoln Park (Mich.) High's football program was one of three finalists among programs being considered to fill that role by MTV. The other two finalists are reportedly undisclosed programs in Florida and California.
The "rebuilding" trajectory should provide a vastly different image of high school football for viewers who are more attuned to Two-A-Days' original dynasty-based focus.
The News-Herald reported that the current plan is for the next edition of Two-A-Days to follow whichever program the network chooses to focus on for two seasons, in which players will be documented both on the field and in the classroom.
If MTV is trying to find a down-and-out program, they'd be hard pressed to find a better example than Lincoln Park. The Railsplitters are currently riding a 43-game losing streak, a dismal stretch which started early in the 2006 season.
For that reason, Lincoln Park's new head coach is energized about any potential new interest MTV cameras can bring to the program.
"It's exciting for us," Lincoln Park head coach Jim Kalbfleisch told the News-Herald. "Our kids are pretty excited. It won't hurt us, it will help us. (We might) even have some more kids come out for the team."
Whether the Michigan school is chosen or not will be determined within the next three weeks. Until then, Kalbfleisch is more than happy to offer up his own personality as a reason for why the show would work at Lincoln Park.
Kalbfleisch, known as a gruff disciplinarian on the field with a reputation of rebuilding programs, chuckled when asked about becoming a reality star along the lines of MTV reality shows like The Jersey Shore.
"I might be," he quipped, then added, "it's a fun thing for the school."