In a move that was expected due to the ongoing lockout, the Jets Friday announced they'll hold training camp at their Florham Park training facility rather than SUNY Cortland.
The Jets conducted their previous two training camps of the Rex Ryan Era at the upstate college tucked away in the rolling hills of Central New York, and were on tap to go there again this year.
But they felt the logistics caused by the now 100-day old lockout made it too difficult to go ahead and hold training camp some 200-plus miles away from their facility, especially given the roster reshuffling they'll have to do thanks to having 17 free agents.
The Jets were facing a July 1 deadline of informing Cortland of the organization's plans. They're expected to return to the town for camp in 2012.
"With all the variables presented by this unique offseason, we felt it was best for the Jets that we hold our training camp here at our practice facility," GM Mike Tannenbaum said in a statement. "This was not an easy decision, but it's one we felt we needed to make in order to give us the best chance to win."
Clay Hampton, Jets senior director of operations, said moving the team's equipment from ther facility to Cortland is an extensive and process that takes several weeks. With all the uncertainty and the fact likely won't be all that much time to haul everything to Cortland once a new deal is reached, it just didn't make much sense on any level.
"Training camp is a collaborative effort that requires many different departments to work together to be successful," Hampton said, "and staying at our facility gives us the best chance to accomplish that goal. This is a new operation, but with the template we have in place from OTAs and minicamps, we are prepared for this scenario."
SUNY Cortland president Erik Bitterbaum wasn't thrilled with the news.
"We are disappointed, but we understand why the Jets management made this decision, and we're looking forward to hosting the team next year," said Bitterbaum, who'll be invited to attend a dinner with other members of Cortland's staff at Tannenbaum's house. "Our partnership remains strong, and we will continue to support the team as enthusiastic Jets fans."
There's no word on whether the Jets will host another one-day "Family Night" at Hofstra, something they've done over the past two summers. Details and practice times, etc., are still being worked out.