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‘Last Chance U’ is moving to a college in Kansas

“Last Chance U” is filming at Independence Community College in Kansas.
“Last Chance U” is filming at Independence Community College in Kansas.

“Last Chance U” is moving to southeast Kansas.

The documentary series on Netflix spent the first two seasons at East Mississippi Community College in Scooba, Miss., as it took a closer look at life in junior-college football. Season Three will be at Independence Community College.

“While we now have the opportunity to head to Kansas, we hope to revisit the people we’ve grown to love over the past two seasons of Last Chance U,” director Greg Whiteley told Variety. “We are forever grateful to the talented team at East Mississippi Community College who dedicated months of their lives in Scooba and trusted us to tell their incredible stories.”

Filmmaker Adam Ridley tweeted this on Thursday:

There will be at least one familiar name for Kansas State fans. Pirates quarterback Jonathan Banks, who never saw the field for the Wildcats and transferred in February 2016, is at Independence Community College.

The Pirates’ head coach is Jason Brown, and his biography at the school’s web site says he was a quarterback at Fort Hays State and had a tryout with the Chiefs.

Jerry Bembry of The Undefeated gave the first season of “Last Chance U” a glowing review.

“This isn’t a junior college version of ‘Hard Knocks,’ the popular HBO series that follows a different NFL team during each preseason,” Bembry wrote. “The access for the entire season, the story development and the combination of machismo and vulnerability displayed by the players bears more of a resemblance to ‘Hoop Dreams,’ the 1994 critically acclaimed documentary that followed the lives of two Chicago-area high school basketball stars.”

Pete Grathoff: 816-234-4330, @pgrathoff

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