Showtime will spend the season with Navy football for weekly documentary series

Navy chants "Beat Army" after a 34-10 loss against Temple in the American Athletic Conference championship game at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Md., on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2016.


By SCOTT ALLEN | The Washington Post | Published: August 16, 2017

On the subject of the Naval Academy's refreshingly open policies governing media access relative to some of its college football peers, Navy Coach Ken Niumatalolo told The Post's Dan Steinberg earlier this month that he's always considered exposure a good thing.

"I just feel like, 'Well, come in our house,'" Niumatalolo said. "'You can look in our closets. We don't have anything to hide.'"

Navy's house will be a little more crowded than usual this fall, and its closets more scrutinized. On Tuesday, Showtime announced that the Midshipmen will be the subject of the network's third weekly college football documentary series. "A Season with Navy Football" will premiere on Sept. 5 at 10 p.m. ET, four days after Navy opens its season at Florida Atlantic. A new 30-minute episode will be released every Tuesday throughout the season.

Showtime spent the 2015 college football season with Notre Dame, which finished 10-3 and lost to Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl that year. Last year's series followed Florida State, which also finished 10-3 and defeated Michigan in the Orange Bowl. Navy has averaged nine wins a year since 2012.

Showtime's producers say the weekly series will feature "signature access and storytelling, providing a glimpse into one of the world's more unique collegiate institutions and its dedicated student body." Cameras will take viewers behind the scenes and showcase the "requisite selflessness and dedication it takes to compete at the Naval Academy."

"This is a tremendous opportunity through the extraordinary exposure of Showtime to share the character and impact of Navy football to the nation," Naval Academy Director of Athletics Chet Gladchuk said in a release. "These stories have never before been told to the public and they will highlight the dedication and commitment reflected by our coaches and midshipmen who represent this program."

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