NBC and DirecTV announced that two additional seasons would be produced under their existing cost-sharing partnership, with the episodes of each season first airing on DirecTV after which they would air on NBC. Both seasons were filmed at the same time, with filming completing in the summer of 2009.
With Coach Taylor's move to East Dillon a whole new roster of students and players were introduced into the cast, including Vince Howard, a kid who agrees to join the team in order to avoid going to juvy and discovers a natural talent for football; Luke Cafferty, a Panthers star running back who is forced to go to East Dillon when it's discovered he'd been lying about his address; Jess Merriweather, a smart girl with a love of football who dates Landry for a while before breaking up with him to date Vince; and Becky Sproles, a student who befriends (and has a crush on) Tim Riggins, and who suffers through the consequences of a pregnancy and abortion.
Tim gets involved in an illegal scheme of Billy's, and when they are discovered, takes the rap so that Billy can stay home with his newborn child. Matt suffers from his decision to stay in Dillon, but after his father's death, takes off for Chicago and art school without telling anyone, leaving Julie dazed and alone. Tami finds herself forced to apologize for something she didnít do, and instead quits as principal to become a counselor at East Dillon. The season ends with Coach's underdogs unexpectedly beating his old team, the Dillon Panthers, assisted by a last minute, very long field goal made by Landry.