The SEC Storied franchise, from the creators of the Peabody and Emmy Award-winning 30 for 30 series, focuses on the people, teams, moments and events that tell the ongoing story of the Southeastern Conference.
The latest installment in ESPN Films' SEC Storied series, "The Rebel," premiered on Tuesday, May 30 on SEC Network. The film looks at mercurial former Ole Miss basketball scoring sensation Johnny Neumann and the decisions he made that shaped his life and career forever.
Johnny Neumann took the Ole Miss nickname seriously. A 6'6" prodigy from Memphis often compared to LSU superstar Pete Maravich, Neumann was supposed to lead the Rebel basketball program to national prominence in the early 1970s. But he proved to be too headstrong, too egotistical and not keen enough to know he could be his own worst enemy.
In the SEC Storied film "The Rebel," director Paul Carruthers looks back on those days when Neumann electrified the Memphis basketball scene playing for Overton High before moving on to the University of Mississippi. The film also reveals a now older and wiser man who returned to Oxford in 2013 to begin working on the college degree he once spurned. In the years in between, Neumann bounced from team to team and country to country. His is a story of friends forgotten, money squandered and opportunities lost. "I have been humbled," he says. "I have been broken." But it's also a tale that may yet have a happy ending.
The film includes exclusive interviews from Paul Finebaum, Woody Paige, and Hubie Brown.
Past SEC Storied films:
•BOOK OF MANNING
•THE COLOR ORANGE: THE CONDREDGE HOLLOWAY STORY
•MIRACLES ON THE PLAINS
•THE BO YOU DON'T KNOW
•IN SEARCH OF DERRICK THOMAS