Several players from different backgrounds try to cope with the pressures of playing football at a major university. Each deals with the pressure differently, some turn to drinking, others to drugs, and some to studying.
An Irish sports journalist becomes convinced that Lance Armstrong's performances during the Tour de France victories are fueled by banned substances. With this conviction, he starts hunting for evidence that will expose Armstrong.
A college football coach is told by his bosses that unless they do better this season it could be his last. To bolster the team he recruits a talented tail back. A female student is assigned to help him assimilate with college life and that includes doing his studies because he spent his whole life just playing football. And he finds himself attracted to her and she already has a boyfriend who is also on the team but he might be more concern about losing his position than losing her to him. And the coach has to deal with his other players' situations like the team's quarterback who deals with his father being distant by drinking and it eventually gets him in trouble. And one of the team's defensive players is obviously using steroids but passes the drug tests.Written by
Andrew Bryniarski and Duane Davis played teammates in Necessary Roughness (1991). See more »
Coach Winters picks up Darnell Jefferson's helmet twice after he is hurt in the team's first practice See more »
Hey Bud is it true, Joe's out four fuckin' games?
Shit, defense is gonna have to pitch shut-outs now...
And you're gone for three? What the hell did you take that shit for?
Nobody seemed to mind when I was laying people out!
Sh*t, I bust chops too, you don't see me all fu**ed up!
Not everybody has your ability Alvin, you do what you do to play!
Well you ain't playin much now are ya?
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Some scenes show college students lying in a street in the middle of car traffic as a way to prove their courage. A few weeks after the film's release, the studio recalled all copies and deleted this sequence from the picture in response to public outrage, because a few teenagers had been injured or killed imitating this deadly game. See more »
As a college football player I feel that it is necessary to respond to several comments made by users of IMDB. The Program is a little extreme in its examples of how college football programs can "help" their athletes out. Granted I play for a small division II school in Michigan, but have been recruited by D I schools and do know many players from U of M and MSU in particular. The assistance shown in the movie is somewhat true to the advantages one receives for being a college athlete but indeed too extreme. The writers and producers of this movie obviously intended it for entertainment and maybe to increase suspicion towards college athletics, and they do just that. Watch this movie for what it is; a great movie about kick ass football, and that is it!
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