I certainly am not a legal expert and Cal’s proposed student-athlete center mostly has been a story covered by our news staff, but I can tell you that the basic feeling I got at last night’s press conference is that Cal is cautiously optimistic about the ruling handed down by Judge Barbara Miller.
It certainly looks like there were major victories for Cal. It seems the only thing preventing the university from really celebrating is that this is a legal process, and until everything is completely set in stone, there is going to be some uncertainty.
And obviously, there still is no finality. According to Cal’s attorney, Charles Olson, there are a few minor technical issues to be worked out, and then the school sees no reason why the injunction won’t be lifted. Olson said he believed those issues could be resolved in a matter of days.
After that, who knows? Surely, there could be other issues that are not immediately transparent in the 129-page report. Will the injunction be lifted next week? That would be a pretty optimistic wish for Cal officials. But unless something else comes up, perhaps in a matter of weeks the issue could be settled.
I had a chance to talk to athletic director Sandy Barbour after the press conference. She didn’t have too much more information, but I did ask her about the ruling in the context of Jeff Tedford. She preferred to address it in the context of all the Cal coaches, but did say she talked to Tedford on Wednesday night and told him things looked good.
“It’s a complicated ruling,” Barbour said. “But the bottom line is we believe that this ruling gives us a road map, after a couple of technical issues we need to address, to give us the opportunity to move forward. We believe this gives us the opportunity to get this thing underway. Because there is a light at the end of the tunnel, all of our coaches are pleased.”