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. Previous stories in the series can be found here.
Dennis Kayser ’74, who is both a former Ithaca College football player and former head football coach at SUNY Cortland, has worked at all levels of the sport during his career, including the NFL. But the Division III game holds a special place in his heart.
“Division III is the purest football you can have in college,” he said. “You have kids playing for the love of the game, because they really want to be out there and have a great experience to complement their academics.”