By Dave Newhouse, STAFF WRITER
BERKELEY — Football coach Jeff Tedford committed last December to remaining at Cal contractually through 2009, but only on the condition that 82-year-old Memorial Stadium be renovated. His faith has been rewarded. On Thursday, UC Berkeley chancellor Robert Birgeneau will unveil highlights of a master plan for an upgraded stadium that will also benefit the law school and business school on campus. The master plan includes a landscape design and a public open space plan. The retrofitting is long overdue because the stadium sits directly on the Hayward Fault. "It will be great news," Tedford said Tuesday, saving the rest of his comments for Thursday.
REMEMBER 2003: USC's last defeat, 31 games ago, was a 34-31 triple-overtime loss at
HAPPY HALLOWEEN: To keep his USC team loose, Carroll pulled off a Halloween prank together with running back LenDale White, but without the knowledge of the other coaches and players. White threw a fit at practice, complaining that he wasn't getting enough carries because of Reggie Bush. White stormed off the field, saying he had quit the team. Later on, a stuffed body in cardinal and gold with White's No.21 was thrown off a nearby building as the team looked on.
"We were just having fun," Carroll said. "We have our ways of doing things. We haven't wavered for years on how we do things. It's how we deal with the mentality, because every week we're asked to look ahead, or about history. We're about practicing really well, a moment-to-moment focus." Does that mean some more pranks? "There may be a couple left," Carroll said. "Every now and then, the boys need something to shake them up."
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