Twenty-five years after their impossible run, Danny and the Miracles are getting the sports documentary treatment.
The new film —“The Miracles: The 1988 Kansas Jayhawks”
— tells the story of the Jayhawks’ second NCAA title and will debut at 7 p.m. Monday on the CBS Sports Network*.
The brainchild of producer Kurt Messersmith, who was a Kansas student during the 1988 season, the film was shot and edited by Erik Ashel, who works at Metro Sports in Kansas City and previously created a documentary on the Kansas-Missouri rivalry (“Border War”). The film is narrated by local journalist Jeff Chadiha, and Tamiko Bullock also served as a producer on the project.
All the main characters appear, including Manning and coach Larry Brown, who arrived in Kansas for the 1983-84 season.
“We thought it was important to go all the way back to when Larry was hired,” Ashel said. “At that point, the program was kind of down, and we discuss how the fieldhouse was empty, and people couldn’t imagine what it looked like.”
Others interviewed for the film include former Oklahoma coach Billy Tubbs, former Oklahoma star Stacey King, current Oklahoma coach Lon Kruger and ESPN analyst and former Duke player Jay Bilas, who faced off against Kansas in the 1986 Final Four.
The film is slated to be re-aired throughout the month of March before being shown locally on Metro Sports on Sunday, April 7, the day before the NCAA championship game.*CBS Sports Network is available in Kansas City on AT U-Verse Channel 643, Charter Channel 207, Comcast Channel 274 or 871, Time Warner Channel 322, DirecTV Channel 613 and DISH Network Channel 158.