NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The New York Jets have passed on holding this year’s training camp at Farmingdale State College, according to Newsday.
The school was under consideration and would have brought Gang Green’s summer headquarters back to Long Island for the first time since 2008. The franchise left Hofstra University for SUNY Cortland when Rex Ryan was hired in ’09.
The decision came down to “logistics,” according to Newsday, and the Jets would have had to hustle to “get the necessary pieces in place” at a school with no football program. Farmingdale could remain a future option, the newspaper reported.
“We believe we have the space to accommodate what we believe are their needs,” Patrick Calabria, vice president for institutional advancement at Farmingdale State College, told CBS New York’s Peter Schwartz in August. “They’ve been out here. I think they believe we can accommodate the space that would be needed for football. … We have terrific athletic facilities, some of which would rival a Division I school.”
It’s unclear whether the Jets will return to Cortland in the wake of Ryan’s firing. New head coach Todd Bowles and general manager Mike Maccagnan could push team owner Woody Johnson in a different direction.
“I talked to Woody Johnson and he said, ‘Look, we like the idea of the players being isolated, forming a bond of brotherhood.’ He said, ‘Cortland has been very good to us,’ ” Sen. Charles Schumer said in January. “But he said, ‘We can’t make a decision until we have a new coach and general manager.’ ”
The Jets’ home base in Florham Park, N.J. is also in the running for this year’s training camp, Newsday reported. The team held its summer workouts there in 2011 due to the NFL lockout.