ESPN Documentary To Examine Penn State’s 1969 Championship Snub

Just four days before the inaugural College Football Playoff begins, ESPN Films will debut a special 30-minute documentary shedding light on the controversy that enveloped President Nixon and the 1969 college football season. “Nixon’s National Champs” premieres Sunday, Dec. 28 at 10:30 p.m. and examines the president’s decision to name Texas the national champion, overlooking an 11-0 Penn State squad.

Selecting a national champion has always been somewhat inconsistent and subjective in the past, but even the old maligned BCS system wasn’t nearly as flawed as a presidential proclamation.

Even though the story doesn’t turn out the way Nittany Nation may have hoped, the documentary features captivating archive footage of Nixon and Joe Paterno that any history and college football buff would appreciate. The feature includes interviews with former Nixon aide Pat Buchanan, “Horns, Hogs, & Nixon Coming” author Terry Frei, and ESPN college football broadcaster Chris Fowler.

You can check out two previews for the film below:

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Zack Rickens

is a senior broadcast journalism student minoring in procrastination. He hails from the booming metropolis of Harrisburg and can usually be found eating Suzie Wong egg rolls. He enjoys long walks to the Phyrst and is probably ranting about sports on Twitter (@slickrick717). He can be reached at [email protected]


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