"They Could Really Play the Game" is an award-winning documentary about a 1950's basketball team whose star player and fiery coach captured America's imagination, helped restore college basketball's tarnished reputation, and saved their struggling college from financial ruin.
It received two awards: one from the Broadcast Education Association Best of Competition Award, in the Faculty Long Form Documentary category in 2009; and a Golden Ace Award from the Las Vegas International Film Festival in 2009. It received an Ohio Valley regional Emmy Award nomination in 2009.
Barney McCoy and Bruce Mitchell of the College of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln served as producer and videographer of the documentary. The CoJMC provided additional production support.