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Cortaca Jug Message to Fans

Contributed by Brian McAree on 11/07/07 

As you know, the annual Ithaca College vs. Cortland State football game is scheduled for Saturday, November 10, at noon at Ithaca.

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 (at both Ithaca and Cortland) and no tickets will be available at the gate. Tickets available through online sales for Ithaca alumni also have sold out.

The game is scheduled to be televised live in Cortland and Tompkins Counties on Time Warner Cable (Channel 6 in Cortland, Channel 16 in Ithaca). The television broadcast will not be available via satellite. The game will also be broadcast live by WICB (91.7 FM); WICB's broadcast will be available at

In anticipation of increased demand, arrangements have been made for WICB to accommodate an unlimited number of online listeners.

For those with tickets attending the game, please refer to the letters below from Richard Peagler, interim vice president for student affairs at SUNY Cortland, and myself, and the Ithaca College team captains. The letters contain important information about this exciting event.

November 2007

Students of Ithaca College and SUNY Cortland:

Officials from both colleges recently met to discuss the November 10 varsity football game being hosted this year at noon at Ithaca College. This year's game is the 66th 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 Ithaca-Cortland game will provide the players and coaches with a great challenge and the fans with a fun-filled, exciting afternoon.

For your information, Time Warner Cable will televise the Cortaca Jug game live on local access channels in both the Cortland and Ithaca areas. The game will also be broadcast live on two radio stations -- WXHC (101.5 FM) in Cortland ( and WICB (91.7 FM) in Ithaca (

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 checkpoints 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 lawbreakers 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.


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

Richard C. Peagler
Interim Vice President for Student Affairs, SUNY Cortland

November 8, 2007

To all Ithaca College fans:
As the regular season for football winds down, the anticipation for the Cortaca Jug is felt throughout campus. This tradition is something that we as a football team look forward to year round. We take pride in representing our legacy and the Ithaca College student body against our opponents, especially against Cortland.

As players, we love the atmosphere created by the fans, and we appreciate the support we receive. The great attendance and participation of the student body is a big part of what makes this game so special. In saying this, we also have to acknowledge some of the behavior that can negatively affect the atmosphere. Disrespect shown towards players on either side of the ball as well as towards officials has no place at the Jug. Vulgarity and obscene gestures are unnecessary and can offend other spectators such as family members of players. There is no room for altercations with opposing fans. Please leave the physicality to us on the field.

We expect an atmosphere of excitement and intensity, but this does not have to come at the cost of respect. The football team takes pride in representing Ithaca College because of its reputation and class. We walk with a swagger onto the field because we know that we are prepared to represent a tradition that doesn't need to be profane or disrespectful to be noticed.

Over the past few years there has been a serious issue involving fans storming the field at the end of the game. We have to ask that this does not continue. This rivalry is very strong and has a great deal of emotion tied to it. However, if the people that are participating in the game can show respect and shake hands after the game, there is no reason for our fans to show disrespect by taking destructive action like storming the field. You have to respect all the guys laying it on the line in this game, even if some of them are wearing red.

We love our fans and the support that you provide and appreciate hearing you guys cheer from the opening kickoff to the final whistle. Please represent our school in a way that makes us proud to represent you. We hope to see you all there on November 10, loud and proud to be Bombers.

Ryan Terlecki and Alex Baez

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