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The Gospel According to Mac 

Examines Bill McCartney and his sometimes-controversial mixture of football and evangelicalism as Colorado Buffaloes head coach in the 1990s, including a national championship.


Jim Podhoretz




Episode credited cast:
William W. Barbour ... Himself
Gary Barnett Gary Barnett ... Himself
Mitch Berger Mitch Berger ... Himself
Eric Bieniemy Eric Bieniemy ... Himself
Jeff Campbell Jeff Campbell ... Himself
Gerry Dinardo Gerry Dinardo ... Himself
Jeff Donaldson Jeff Donaldson ... Himself
Christian Fauria Christian Fauria ... Himself
Deon Figures Deon Figures ... Himself
Darian Hagan Darian Hagan ... Himself
Barry Helton Barry Helton ... Himself
Lou Holtz Lou Holtz ... Himself
Bill McCartney Bill McCartney ... Himself
Kanavis McGhee Kanavis McGhee ... Himself
Les Miles Les Miles ... Himself


Football is a religion to many people. But few know the depths of both faiths as well as Bill McCartney, the former head football coach of the University of Colorado and the founder of Promise Keepers, a Christian men's ministry. "The Gospel According to Mac" tells the truth-is-stranger-than-fiction story of Coach Mac's controversial national championship run - two seasons that followed multiple arrests and strife between his mostly African-American players and the Boulder police, continued with McCartney's own daughter becoming pregnant by the team's quarterback before seeing that same quarterback struck by cancer, and culminated in consecutive Orange Bowl match-ups against Notre Dame. Bill McCartney's passionate and often polarizing beliefs have made him many enemies and many admirers, but it's difficult to deny that he embodies the essential issues facing football in America to this day. Written by ESPN Films

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3 November 2015 (USA) See more »

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The Gospel According to Mac
21 November 2015 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

30 for 30: The Gospel According to Mac (2015)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Another winner from ESPN takes a look at NCAAF coach Bill McCartney who got his break at Michigan but ended up coaching at Colorado where his first three seasons were a disaster but then, after some great recruits, he managed to take his team to the championship game against Notre Dame. While most would put football at number one, Coach McCartney put religion as his main focus and it would be tested throughout his years at Colorado.

This here is another very good episode from the series, which has turned out to be one of the best ever made. These 30 for 30 documentaries are always entertaining and give you a terrific behind-the-scenes story to some events that people might already be familiar with. This story here is pretty dramatic and especially Colorado's run towards a National Championship and the heartbreak that the players would face on and off the field. McCartney is interviewed as well as his daughter and many of his players. The interviews are excellent and really gives you a great view of what was going on during this period of college football.

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