Believe in me
- Jim Keith retired in 1986 after 35 years as a coach and social studies teacher, but still coaches part time.
- Based on the book ''Brief Garland'', by author Harold Keith who wrote it about his nephew and real-life coach Jim Keith.
- The character of Clay Driscoll is based on the legendary girls' coach from Oklahoma, Jim Keith.
- Many of the towns in the movie, including the town of Middleton, are made up but based on actual towns. The town of Middleton is based on the western-Oklahoma town of Sayre. The towns of Okeene, Byng, and Lawton are real, while the towns of Dellaplaine, Medfield, and Placerita are made-up.