An influx of 2,908 new faces arrived on the University of Louisville campus on Wednesday, the largest freshman class in the school’s history. New beginnings for the students, along with life changes and challenges for parents. Should have been 2,909 but the NCAA has yet to clear Jaylen Johnson, a 6-foot-9 forward from Ypsilanti, Mich., who is still waiting for the NCAA to approve his academic credentials.

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Drove by the Dr. Mark & Cindy Lynn Soccer Stadium Thursday and one of the few remaining missing touches remains the installation of the five-foot Cardinal logo on the facade facing Floyd Street. As far as I’m concerned, the Cardinal logo, which will be about four feet in diameter, is the final seal of approval. The ugly chain link fence has finally been removed, the sidewalk has been cleaned up and much of the construction equipment has been removed.

The ribbon cutting ceremony for the new stadium is scheduled next Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.

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Those silos were built to last are disappearing ever so slowly, with 10 of them still in tact, with portions of the old ones still attached. There’s also an old building behind them, which is still standing for some reason. Maybe that’s where the workers go when it’s raining as it is has done a lot of lately.

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By Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.