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
Press conference will start at Noon following luncheon.
John Boccacino, Associate Director of Athletic Communications, discussing the rivalry and sportsmanship of the Cortaca Jug.
Boccacino: Part of the weekly ESPN College Gameday segment on Nov. 14 will be dedicated to the Cortaca rivalry
Susan Bassett approaches the podium.
Bassett: “Every attendee of this game, whether they are Ithaca or Cortland, will treat each others with respect.”
Terri Stewart will speak next.
Stewart: “We are constantly improving upon past events.”
Senior wide receiver Nate Burgo of SUNY Cortland will speak next.
Burgo: “You can feel the excitement walking around campus, even the professors.”
Burgo: “With it being a conference game, it means that much more.”
Bombers senior offensive lineman Scott Anderson speaks next.
Anderson: “It’s a very unique experience for the fans, the school and the players.”
Anderson: “I can think of no better way to wrap up my senior season than on Butterfield Stadium.”
Dan McNeil, SUNY Cortland head coach, is up next.
McNeil gives a shout out to veterans on Veterans Day.
McNeil will coach in his 21st Cortaca Jug game.
McNeil: There is only one spot left for these two jugs before we head to a third jug.
McNeil: “These men represent true grit.”
McNeil has been comparing the game to eating, stating “I’m hungry. I want some more.”
McNeil: “Let’s put the ball down. Let’s play football. Let’s complete a journey.”
Ithaca College head coach Mike Welch will round out the speakers.
Welch is in his 36th Cortaca Jug game.
Welch acknowledges Veterans Day as well, citing the team’s relationships with many veterans.
Welch: “We’ve got a great conference. Now our biggest rival joins our league.”
Welch: “Unfortunately, we didn’t meet our expectations.”
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.”
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.”
Welch: “Two years ago, off the field stuff, tarnished the game. We’re back on track and we want to stay like that.”
Welch: “I feel very fortunate to be a part of something special, such as the Cortaca Jug game.”
That ends the conclusion of the formal press conference.
Boccacino: Part of the weekly ESPN College Gameday segment on Nov. 14 will be dedicated to the Cortaca rivalry.