Injunction halts plans for
Rusty Simmons, Chronicle Staff Writer
When Chad Nightingale went on his recruiting visit to
"Anybody who's asking those questions is very uneducated to my feelings to
She said there is "nothing different in the extension than in the previous contract" regarding the stadium upgrades. In his last contract, Tedford received bonuses for staying with the program as each of the planned phases reached completion and his buyout of the contract became more expensive for each. Tedford, who was on the recruiting trail, admitted that the injunction couldn't have been announced at a worse time. "I mean, we're a week away from signing," he said before quickly recovering, "but there are still positives. "It's a chance for me to say that I'm extremely confident that this project is going forward. This is a temporary setback, but I remain confident that our current recruiting class will be able to utilize and enjoy these new facilities." UC Vice Chancellor Nathan Brostrom said the university will go ahead with the bid process and any possible site preparation that the injunction allows. It does, however, put Tedford in a predicament when answering recruits' questions. "The questions are usually about ground-breaking, and I am honest with them," he said. "It's not going to get started on the timeline we envisioned, but that's not say it won't be finished when we thought."
In comparison to some other national powerhouses,
Tedford said that the Bears lose some prospects who have seen other schools' facilities. "Facilities are a huge part of recruiting, and our facilities are old," he said. "The shape of our facilities is nowhere near our competition, and our student-athletes deserve a place to come to everyday that has all the amenities of 2007. "We have fallen behind the times quite a bit." The 142,000-square-foot