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Live-blog: Ithaca Athletics hosts 2015 Cortaca Press Conference

The 57th Cortaca Jug matchup will take place starting at noon Nov. 14 at Butterfield Stadium in a clash between rivals Ithaca and SUNY Cortland. The annual press conference that precedes the game, held Nov. 11 in the Hill Center’s multipurpose room, will feature:

– Opening comments from Susan Bassett, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Recreational Sports

– Message from Chief Terri Stewart, Ithaca College Director of Public Safety

–  SUNY Cortland football captains: Senior linebacker Devonte Davis, senior wide receiver Nate Burgo, senior linebacker Troy Beddoe, senior offensive lineman Vin Juliano

– Ithaca College football captains: Junior defensive lineman Logan Murphy, senior offensive lineman Scott Anderson, senior defensive back Malik Morris

– Dan McNeil, SUNY Cortland head football coach

– Mike Welch, Ithaca College head football coach

Jonathan Beck November 11, 201511:40 am

Press conference will start at Noon following luncheon.

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John Boccacino, Associate Director of Athletic Communications, discussing the rivalry and sportsmanship of the Cortaca Jug.

Jonathan Beck November 11, 201512:07 pm

Boccacino: Part of the weekly ESPN College Gameday segment on Nov. 14 will be dedicated to the Cortaca rivalry

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Susan Bassett approaches the podium.

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Bassett: “Every attendee of this game, whether they are Ithaca or Cortland, will treat each others with respect.”

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Terri Stewart will speak next.

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Stewart: “We are constantly improving upon past events.”

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Senior wide receiver Nate Burgo of SUNY Cortland will speak next.

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Burgo: “You can feel the excitement walking around campus, even the professors.” 

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Burgo: “With it being a conference game, it means that much more.”

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Bombers senior offensive lineman Scott Anderson speaks next.

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Anderson: “It’s a very unique experience for the fans, the school and the players.”

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Anderson: “I can think of no better way to wrap up my senior season than on Butterfield Stadium.”

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Dan McNeil, SUNY Cortland head coach, is up next.

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McNeil gives a shout out to veterans on Veterans Day. 

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McNeil will coach in his 21st Cortaca Jug game.

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McNeil: There is only one spot left for these two jugs before we head to a third jug. 

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McNeil: “These men represent true grit.”

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McNeil has been comparing the game to eating, stating “I’m hungry. I want some more.”

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McNeil: “Let’s put the ball down. Let’s play football. Let’s complete a journey.”

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Ithaca College head coach Mike Welch will round out the speakers.

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Welch is in his 36th Cortaca Jug game.

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Welch acknowledges Veterans Day as well, citing the team’s relationships with many veterans. 

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Welch: “We’ve got a great conference. Now our biggest rival joins our league.”

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Welch: “Unfortunately, we didn’t meet our expectations.”

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Welch: “This is new terrain for us. Usually we’re on top, but that’s not the case this year. This is a new learning opportunity for our football team.”

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Welch: “They play for themsevles, play for the alumni, people in the community, the students, the institution, all of it. This is what we play for.”

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Welch: “Two years ago, off the field stuff, tarnished the game. We’re back on track and we want to stay like that.”

Jonathan Beck November 11, 201512:34 pm

Welch: “I feel very fortunate to be a part of something special, such as the Cortaca Jug game.”

Jonathan Beck November 11, 201512:37 pm

That ends the conclusion of the formal press conference. 

Jonathan Beck November 11, 201512:42 pm

Boccacino: Part of the weekly ESPN College Gameday segment on Nov. 14 will be dedicated to the Cortaca rivalry.

Jonathan Beck can be reached at jbeck3@ithaca.edu or via Twitter: @jonbeck365