Navy football coach Ken Niumatalolo apologized for blaming Pentagon officials for the fact there will be a Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy series in 2020.

Niumatalolo maintained his stance that moving forward with the round-robin service academy series under the current circumstances makes no sense and sullies the meaning of the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy, but admitted his frustrations were misplaced.

“I should not have said some of the stuff I said and I’m sorry I did,” Niumatalolo told The Capital Monday night. “The Pentagon has nothing to do with this and it was wrong of me to suggest that was the case. I was just frustrated and let my emotions get the best of me."

“The Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy is our program’s No. 1 goal every year and we put our heart and soul into getting it back last year,” Niumatalolo added.

Niumatalolo contacted The Capital unsolicited after having time to contemplate his comments that were made off-the-cuff during an online news conference Monday afternoon.