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SUNY Cortland apologizes for students' rowdy behavior

Created: 11/18/2013 11:57 AM WHEC.com
By: Associated Press

The president of an upstate college has apologized for the rowdy behavior of football fans that led to the arrests of more than two dozen people in central New York.

Erik J. Bitterbaum, president of the State University at Cortland, issued the apology Sunday, a day after a large crowd turned unruly in downtown Cortland. Earlier Saturday, Cortland defeated Ithaca 28-24 in the annual Cortaca Jug game.

The rivalry game draws thousands of students, alumni and other fans to central New York, where the two colleges are just 20 miles apart.

Cortland police say about 30 people had been arrested by Saturday night. State troopers had to be called in to help restore order.

Bitterbaum apologized to the community for what he called "the inexcusable behavior of some of our students."