Showtime Orders ‘A Season With Florida State Football’

Courtesy of Showtime

The second season of Showtime’s college football documentary series will focus on the Florida State University Seminoles.

The cable network has ordered “A Season With Florida State Football,” a follow up to last year’s series on the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. The show will premiere Sept. 6 at 10 p.m., one day after the Seminoles open their season against Ole Miss.

“There’s no other network delivering such intimate and unbridled access to world-class teams and athletes during the most crucial times of their respective seasons,” said Stephen Espinoza, executive vice president and general manager, Showtime Sports.  “It’s our difference maker.  Building off our ‘All Access’ series coverage of the NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, and our successful first season of ‘A Season With Notre Dame Football,’ Showtime Sports is there when it matters most.”

“A Season With” will follow Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher and the team’s players as they prepare for upcoming games and balance campus life with their on-field responsibilities. It will also feature in-game action.

“We are very excited to partner with Showtime this season and eager to give college football fans a unique look into our program,” said Fisher.  “At Florida State, we have a tremendous family atmosphere, and we are looking forward to showcasing what makes FSU football special.”

Florida State has won three college football national championships, most recently for the 2013 season. The school’s football program has also been the subject of intense media scrutiny over allegations of assault and misconduct by its players, covered in ongoing investigative reporting by the New York Times and in the documentary film “The Hunting Ground” by Kirby Dick. In January, Florida State agreed to pay $950,000 to a woman who claimed to have been raped by Florida State’s Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Jameis Winston in 2012.

Executive producers for “A Season With Florida State Football” are Scott A. Stone of Stone & Company Entertainment, Michael Antinoro of IMG Productions, Tom Cappello of Crazy Legs Productions, Jason Sciavicco, David Check, Steve Stern and Ross Greenburg.

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  1. John Wilson says:

    RE: “The school’s football program has also been the subject of intense media scrutiny over allegations of assault and misconduct by its players, covered in ongoing investigative reporting by the New York Times and in the documentary film “The Hunting Ground” by Kirby Dick.”

    The media (particularly the New York Times and ESPN) refuse to publish the facts about this case. Much of the investigative material is public record, so read it for yourself. The accuser initially reported that she had been hit on the head and knocked out, and woke up with an unknown man raping her. This is on the original recorded call to FSU Police, and in her texting history. The medical exam showed no head trauma.

    She later said that she had been drugged. She first said that an unknown white man gave her the drugged drink. Later, she said it was the bartender; then, an unknown black man. Only when she was interviewed for “The Hunting Ground” did she identify Winston as the person who gave her the drugged drink. But a lab at UF (not FSU) tested her blood/urine for over 170 drugs and found none in her system.

    In yet another story, she claimed that she was so drunk she blacked out. Yet, her own friends told police that she was not drunk, and her BAC was half the legal limit.

    In none of these versions did she claim that she had willingly and knowingly gotten into a cab with Winston for the purpose of going to his apartment. She just thought she might have been taken into a cab, but she kept going in and out of consciousness and wasn’t sure.

    Meanwhile, Winston claims that he met her, danced with her, got her phone number, and texted her when he was leaving. The accuser’s own friend told police that she saw a text from an unknown phone number on the accuser’s phone saying this very thing. The friend reported that the accuser looked at the friend and asked, “Should I go?” And “because she wasn’t drunk,” the friend shrugged her shoulders and said, “You can go if you want to go.” So, the accuser left.

    At the FSU Code of Conduct hearing, where the burden of proof shifted from “beyond a reasonable doubt” to the “preponderance of evidence” (i.e., anything over 50%), the accuser knew that she could not claim to have been hit, drugged, or drunk – the physical evidence disproved all of these stories. So, for the first time, she admitted meeting Winston outside the bar; she admitted getting into the cab with him. But, she claimed, that she only did so because she was “intimidated.” It is curious that she told a completely new – and yet totally unverifiable – version of the story when all she needed was anything over 50% likelihood to “win” the hearing.

    All of this can be verified in the police reports, the medical exam reports, and the other documents from the case. The known evidence and witness statements agree with Winston’s version of events, and every version the accuser has given has been disproven by the physical evidence or disputed by her own friends in their initial statements to police.

    It is past the time for the media deliver the known facts of the case to the public, and to stop mentioning the accusation in connection to Winston’s name (or to FSU).

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