Netflix’s Last Chance U is one of the streaming service’s most original series, following a junior college football team. East Mississippi Community College was the focus for the first two seasons of the show, while Independence Community College (KS) has been the team for seasons three and four.
Head coach Jason Brown is one of the stars of the Independence Community College, but his time in Kansas has come to an end.
The California native resigned as head coach after an incident with one of his players. Brown allegedly told German player Alejandro Alexiou that he was his “new Hitler.”
The former Independence head coach announced his decision on Twitter to step down from the Pirates’ football team.
“Given what has most recently been allowed to transpire, it is clear, that it will be nearly impossible to stay here. More plainly, the Montgomery County Chronicle has greatly diminished my ability to successfully do my job, and has set this football program back significantly, and the cumulative effect of all these detrimental factors I believe clearly constitute a constructive discharge of my employment,” Brown said in a statement.
To all my fans, supporters, both past and present players, and coaches, please read the following letter that I have posted and please respect my decision. Much love to you all, W.I.N. FOREVER! Once a Pirate always a Pirate! #DREAMU pic.twitter.com/M88TcQKvDQ
— Coach Jason Brown (@TheRealCoach_JB) February 25, 2019
Brown was portrayed as a hot-tempered coach during his time on the show, yelling at players and coaches alike. His ongoing dispute with quarterback Malik Henry and quarterbacks coach Frank Diaz was a big plot point of the third season. The former Florida State quarterback was one of the most talented kids on the team, but Henry struggled to keep his emotions in check during games. Brown yelled at Diaz for not being able to keep Henry under control as the young coach was partly responsible for bringing him to Kansas.
Both Henry and Diaz have left Independence with Diaz joining Lane Kiffin’s staff at Florida Atlantic, while Henry joined the University of Nevada football team as a walk-on. Brown was extremely successful at Independence, leading the Pirates to its first Jayhawk Conference Championship in 30 seasons in 2017. The 2017 season also saw the team’s first-ever postseason victory and the school’s best record at 9-2.
Brown’s ability to coach and recruit at the junior college level is undisputed as he sent multiple players to Division I programs, like Rakeem Boyd and Emmitt Golden. His fiery temper could sway teams away, but Brown’s work at Independence means that he can be successful at programs across the country.