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stadium news

I talked with Sandy Barbour today (Thursday) and she said that ground-breaking for the High Performance Center is scheduled for Dec. 1.

The Board of Regents will review the plans next Tuesday and Wednesday and if approved, the project will go ahead as scheduled.

It is a planned 14-month building period which should not affect next season’s play at Memorial Stadium. I believe that the outside work is mostly supposed to be completed and then the inside work can be accomplished during the football season.

I asked Barbour if there were any lawsuits filed against the project yet and she said no. However, she is aware that there might be.

However, she was very positive that the project would begin as expected.

In my notes in Friday’s Contra Costa Times, I wrote about Cal special teams whiz Byron Storer. However, in talking to coach Tedford about special teams players, he also noted that guys who don’t get a lot of attention for their special teams play are senior Randy Bundy and freshman walk-on Kyle Kirst. Bundy is kind of an uplifting story because he’s a kid who was so excited to have a chance to be a starter at cornerback at the beginning of the season and then got buried behind the tremendous talents of freshman Syd’Quan Thompson. Bundy has worked so hard, he could have withdrawn or given up. Instead, he is making an impact on special teams.

Perhaps Cal’s most valuable special teams player is long snapper Nick Sundberg. That guy is awesome. If you watch major college football from week to week, you probably haven’t seen anyone who gets the ball back as fast and accurately as Sundberg. He is so automatic that teams don’t even put a lot of effort into trying to block Cal’s punts.

jheater