Cortaca Jug Message to Fans

11/04/2005

Contributed by Brian McAree

As you know, the annual Ithaca College vs. Cortland State football game is scheduled for this Saturday, November 12, at noon at Ithaca College.

Any person wishing to attend the Cortaca Jug game must have a pre-purchased ticket in hand. At this point, the game has been declared a sell-out and no tickets will be available at the gate. For your information, The Cortaca Jug game will be broadcast live by ICTV (Channel 16 on Time Warner Cable in Ithaca); in addition, Time Warner has tentatively planned to carry ICTV's broadcast live on the local access channel in the Cortland and Ithaca areas. ICTV's broadcast will also be webcast live and available free at http://xmievents.com/events/ithaca/football.htm. A high-speed internet connection is needed to view the webcast.

For those with tickets attending the game, please refer to the letters below from Ray Franco, Vice President for Student Affairs at Cortland State, and myself, and the Ithaca College team captains. The letters contain important information about this exciting event. All students at both institutions received this information, and it will be printed in Thursday’s “Ithacan.”

Students of SUNY Cortland and Ithaca College:

Officials from both colleges recently met to discuss the November 12 varsity football game being hosted this year at noon at Ithaca College. This year’s game is the 64th meeting of our varsity football teams vying, of course, for possession of the Cortaca Jug. We are all very proud of the accomplishments of both teams and believe that the game this year will once again be a great one.

As a fan, you can expect to see an outstanding contest on the field. Both teams and the coaching staffs have worked hard since late August to have successful seasons. The Cortland vs. Ithaca game will provide the players and coaches with a great challenge and the fans with a fun-filled, exciting afternoon.

For your information, The Cortaca Jug game will be broadcast live by ICTV (Channel 16 on Time Warner Cable in Ithaca); in addition, Time Warner has tentatively planned to carry ICTV's broadcast live on the local access channel in the Cortland and Ithaca areas. ICTV's broadcast will also be webcast live and available free at
http://xmievents.com/events/ithaca/football.htm. A high-speed internet connection is needed to view the webcast.

For Cortland fans traveling to Ithaca, you will note that the New York State Police, the Tompkins County Sheriff’s Department, the Cortland County Sheriff’s Department as well as other agencies will be patrolling the highways and will be working at the game. In recent years, police officials in Tompkins and Cortland counties have set up check points before and after the game to apprehend those who are drinking and driving. If you are over 21 years old and choose to drink alcoholic beverages, do so in moderation and please do not drive! Further, no one will be allowed in the game venue with beverages of any kind. No backpacks, bags, or containers of any kind will be permitted in the stadium, and security personnel will ask spectators to open coats for inspection. Items confiscated will not be returned. Numerous electronic video and audio recording devices will be in place throughout the stadium for this game, and potential law breakers are forewarned that these recordings will be made available to law enforcement authorities should the need arise.

As a football fan, your behavior at the game will reflect on your college. You should be supportive of your team, cheering good play and encouraging the players to do their best. You should not be involved in behavior that will embarrass yourself or your college. Cheers that include vulgarity or demean players, coaches, officials or fans have no place at this or any other game. Throwing objects on the field, at players, coaches, officials or fans will not be tolerated. In addition, fighting or other serious acts will result in criminal arrest and, when appropriate, on-campus judicial action to include possible suspension or expulsion.

This game has a long and wonderful history. The players and coaches have worked too hard to have the game tarnished by the actions of a few fans. Good sportsmanship on and off the field will make this an event that we will remember fondly for years to come.

Sincerely,
Brian McAree
Vice President for Student Affairs and Campus Life
Ithaca College

Raymond D. Franco
Vice President for Student Affairs
SUNY Cortland



To All Ithaca College Fans,

The Cortaga Jug is one of the most popular athletic traditions at Cortland and Ithaca. As players we look forward to preparing for and playing in this great football game.

There continue to be distractions surrounding the game. Much of what goes on in a negative way is the result of fan behavior prior to, during, and after the game. Many fans become very inebriated before the game and tend to become unruly and obnoxious. In the past, this has led to altercations with opposing fans. We want our fans to be loud and into the game, but being disrespectful to others damages our image along with that of the school. There is no place for vulgarity, harassment and obscene gestures towards players, coaches, officials and opposing fans at this or any other game. This kind of action can also ruin it for the fans who are there to enjoy the game on the field without negative distractions. Football games should have a family atmosphere, please act as though your family is here and represent yourselves and IC with class.

The last thing that we would want is for this game to be changed or cancelled. When unsportsmanlike behavior, fighting among fans and other disruptive behavior is eliminated, the game will be preserved. We hope that you will come to Cortaca and help create an atmosphere that will make us all proud to be a part of Ithaca College. Be positive and enthusiastic with your remarks and help us do our best to win the game.

As players, we want to be able to shake hands with our opponents on the field after the game. In the recent past, post game fan behavior, with spectators charging on to the field after the game, has eliminated our ability to congratulate our opponents on a hard fought game. Please, stay off the field after the game so that we can do this. We hope that we can count on your enthusiastic, loud and positive support to help us beat Cortland.

Go Bombers!

Jose Colon, Josh Felicetti, Dustin Ross, Joe Scalice
Captains

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