The 61st Cortaca Jug football game between Ithaca College and Cortland State University will be played on its biggest stage yet this fall — MetLife Stadium, the home of the National Football League’s New York Giants and New York Jets. To shine a light on this historic matchup, we will run a multi-part series in this space leading up to game day on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 1 p.m. We’ll cover all things Cortaca — interviews with Cortaca Jug legends, plans for alumni gatherings around the nation, ways the game is being incorporated in academic programs and other topics. In this installment, we look at individuals who have played for both Ithaca and Cortland. Previous stories in the series can be found here.
The Cortaca Jug can inspire strong loyalties among players, coaches, and fans. For some, the idea of wearing both Bomber blue and Red Dragon red is a no-go.
However, over the years, several coaches have experienced the Cortaca Jug from both sidelines, including current Cortland Head Coach Dan MacNeill, who has taken part in 27 Cortaca Jugs dating back to his freshman year in 1975 when he suited up for the Red Dragons.
Although he never got the better of Ithaca during his playing career, one thing the four-year letterman learned in his college career was to respect the Bombers, particularly Head Coach Jim Butterfield, who by that point, had turned Ithaca into a national power.