Inside looks at professional and college sports teams have become almost a television programming staple. Now CN100, The Comcast Network, is going to take viewers inside the Naperville North football program in "All In," which is billed as a behind-the-scenes look at high school football in the Chicago area. The show will debut Sept. 6 to provide an inside look at what makes a top-tier program through the student-athletes, coaches, alumni and community supporters. Daily Herald DuPage football guru Kevin Schmit has been and may continue to be interviewed for the program.
Naperville North was chosen by Comcast to highlight a program with a winning tradition and large support from dedicated fans. Also considered were various storylines such as Naperville North's rivalry with Naperville Central as part of a rugged schedule in the DuPage Valley Conference.
“It undoubtedly qualifies as a top program. It's been quite successful and historically significant with a true IHSA legend in hall-of-fame coach Larry McKeon as its architect,” field director and co-producer Erik Anschicks said in a release from Comcast. “Most crucial for us, Naperville North has two forward-thinking minds in charge of the program, head coach Sean Drendel and Athletic Director Jim Konrad, who are more than willing to embrace different ideas. They have approached the project with gusto from day one.”
All In benefits from the enthusiasm building on campus. CN100 cameras will have unprecedented access to the side of high school football you don't see, and will feature in-depth interviews with key members of the program and Naperville North community. The show is also bolstered by insights from local prep football experts and those who know Naperville, the community, best.
“Viewers should get a taste of what it's like to be part of a high school football team. We'll take them through the preseason, practice, games and everything else that goes on during the season,” host and co-producer Mark Krueger explained. “What's really cool is that we don't know what's going to happen next. We're just along for the ride.”
The first episode of All In airs at 6 p.m. on Sept. 6 with new episodes every two weeks. Episodes can also be seen any time with Xfinity On Demand or by visiting cn100.tv for additional air times. For more on the show, make sure to check out Kevin Schmit's column Friday at dailyherald.com or in the DuPage County football preview edition.