NY Jets Announce Their Return to SUNY Cortland This Summer
After months of speculation The New York Jets have made it official they will return to SUNY Cortland for training camp this summer.
The Jets will report to campus at the end of in July for their fifth year in Cortland under head coach Rex Ryan.
Coach Ryan who was instrumental in bringing the team to campus as part of a team building exercise says he is excited about the return. Ryan says "Everyone knows how I feel about going away. I think it is a big part of building our team camaraderie. The community, the school and the people of Cortland have been outstanding and we are all excited to be going back this summer."
SUNY Cortland Public Relations Director Fred Pierce says the college is excited to have the team coming back, planning is already underway for the six week camp.
The 2014 camp is expected to attract thousands of visitors to Cortland this summer, giving local businesses a boost and raising the profile of the college and the region in a positive way.
According to an economic impact study by the college, in 2013, 21,000 visitors from 34 states and five countries spent more than $1.6 million locally, creating an economic impact of nearly $3.7 million. Since 2009 the training camps have pumped $19.24 million into the local economy.
The Jets return to Cortland this summer has been marked with some controversy following the signing Quarterback Michael Vick. Vick was previously convicted in connection with a dog fighting ring in 2007 he was sentenced to 23 months in prison.
An anonymous on-line petition was circulated demanding the college bar Vick from the campus for his prior criminal conduct.
Pierce says the college has no authority to bar Vick, he expects the their will be some opposition to his attendance at camp but isn't worried about the impact.
Last year the Jets increased security at their practices.
Definite dates for training camp have not yet been determined. They will be announced as soon as they are available and posted on the SUNY Cortland website.