The great Neil Kerr of the Syracuse Post-Standard reported this week that the New York State Football Coaches Association is exploring a possible Upstate vs. Downstate All-Star Football Game for next season. Click here to read the story.
As you know, the annual “Governors Bowl” between New York and New Jersey was discontinued after 11 contests this year because New Jersey no longer wanted to alternate sites each year. New Jersey created a new game this summer — New Jersey vs. the Northeast — which included local standouts Rob Lombardo of Somers and Darlos James of Iona Prep.
The new game could potentially be played at the Carrier Dome next June. It would be called the “Empire State Bowl” and new Syracuse University coach Doug Marrone is part of the discussions to get the game off the ground.
Marrone, from what I’m told, is aggressively trying to win back the support of New York State football coaches who were turned away from former Syracuse coach Greg Robinson and into the hands of Rutgers coach Greg Schiano. Apparently, two kids from New Rochelle a few years ago de-committed to Syracuse, instead went to Rutgers and essentially turned the once-laughable program into a contender and made Schiano a very wealthy man. I’ll have to research the names of those alleged players.
Obviously, I love the idea of bringing back an all-star game. If it’s going to be New York only, then it would significantly increase the chances that our local guys can participate. Add in the fact that it could be held at the Carrier Dome, and this is a no-brainer if they can scrape the money together.
Sign me up. I’d be willing to help organize in any way possible.