The New York Jets have announced a news conference coordinated by Gov. David Paterson's office will be held at 10 a.m. Monday on the campus of SUNY-Cortland.
Jets owner Woody Johnson and executive vice president of business operations Matt Higgins will be in attendance, and I don't think they'd make the trip to declare they're yanking their training camp from the upstate New York college.
The Jets will be back for a second straight summer, and that means NFL Films' cameras will be coming with them. The Jets were selected to be featured on this year's edition of "Hard Knocks," HBO's behind-the-scenes training camp show.
In a Syracuse Post-Standard story dated March 25, Cortland president Erik Bitterbaum said "I think we'll have something exciting to share in the next several weeks."
Jets coach Rex Ryan moved the team's training camp to bucolic Cortland last summer and it was a success on every level. The players were forced together for several weeks in college dorms, meant to facilitate team bonding under a new coach.
The Jets reached the AFC Championship game. Ryan, admittedly superstitious, wasn't expected to change anything for 2010.
The Post-Standard, citing a study, reported the Jets' presence in Cortland brought 34,000 fans to campus and about $4.2 million to the local economy. Bitterbaum said in the story that attendance could double or triple this year because of the Jets' success and their appearance on "Hard Knocks."