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The helmets of University of Louisville football players will include stickers bearing the initials of the late Owsley Brown Frazier and Bernard Trager, two prominent Louisvillians who backed up their dreams for UofL football with active involvement and financial support, bequeathing legacies of giving, inspiration and ongoing challenge for their fellow fans.

We have big shoes to fill.

Cardinal crunch

Mangok Mathiang, a 6-10, 205-pound center from the Sudan “has been cleared academically and will begin classes Monday at the University of Louisville,” according to a report from Eric Crawford. Hopefully his arrival on campus means Mathiang will have smooth sailing through the NCAA clearinghouse as well.

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If UofL stays in the Big East Conference, the stage is set for the onset of an intense rivalry, starting with the 2013 season when Boise joins the league. Boise State is 24th and U of L 25th in the pre-season Associated Press poll. The teams have met twice before, Boise State edging UofL 34-31 in the Humanitarian Bowl in 1999, Louisville winning the Liberty Bowl encounter 44-40 in 2004.

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Don’t expect UofL to suddenly become a high-powered offense with a sophomore, as good as Teddy Bridgewater is, running the show. This team’s mainstay will continue to be on defense. Louisville was ranked 14th in the nation in total defense and ninth in pass defense. The Cards held seven opponents to less than 300 yards in games last season and less than 200 yards passing nine times.

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Visitation to pay respects to Owsley Brown Frazier will be held Tuesday, Aug. 21, from 3 to 5 p.m. and from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at the Brown & Williamson Club in Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. A time to show appreciation for all Frazier did for UofL, in academics and athletics.

Owsley B. Frazier donating $25 million to the University of Louisville

Let there be no doubt as to where the University of Louisville lies in Owsley B. Frazier’s gigantic heart.

The most powerful man in Louisville has made an early Christmas gift to the University of Louisville in the form of a check in the amount of $25 million, the largest gift ever to a university in the state’s history.

Frazier was honored at a UofL basketball game last seson for his support.

“The University of Louisville is my alma mater, as well as my father’s and brother’s,” he noted. “The university makes me proud every day through its economic impact on the region. I give to the University of Louisville because I love it.”

The latest gift raises the total amount he has bestowed upon the University to more than $50 million over several years, including a $1 million gift for the construction of Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium during the ninties and major funding to get Cardinal Park under way. He still attends Louisville football, men’s and women’s basketball games, and other athletic events on a regular basis.

Frazier, immediate past president of the UofL Board of Trustees, holds degrees in law and business administration and an honorary doctorate from UofL. He is the grandson of George Garvin Brown, who founded Brown- Forman Corp., one of the world’s largest wine and spirit companies.

He put no restrictions on the gift, which President Jim Ramsey says will be leveraged so that it becomes $100 million. The University is in the midst of a $1 billion fundraising campaign.

Merry Christmas, U of L.

Click on the photo below for an unedited video of the presentation.

Aerials of Frazier donation impact on campus, downtown.