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Former Coach: Cajun Field Murals Has Undergone “Extremem Makeover” With Faulkinberry Addition

Ex-players recognize Faulkinberry

October 28, 2005 – Dan McDonald

One of the Cajun Field murals depicting the history of University of Louisiana football has undergone an "extreme makeover," and now honors the winningest coach in Ragin’ Cajun history.

Longtime coach Russ Faulkinberry is featured in a recent addition by prominent multimedia artist Robert Harris, whose update was formally unveiled Thursday as part of the university’s Homecoming celebration.

Faulkinberry coached the Bulldogs/Cajuns from 1961-73, and his 66 career wins are the most for any UL football coach. His teams won three Gulf States Conference championships and made one of the school’s two bowl appearances, playing in the Grantland Rice Bowl in 1970.

"Many of his former players wanted to do something to recognize coach Faulkinberry," said UL director of athletic development Gerald Hebert, "and show the mark he made on the program, including his efforts to get this stadium built."

Harris was one of several local artists to lend their talents to the stadium’s murals, and Hebert said that former players O’Neal Weber, Ed Pratt, Mike Neustrom and Nolan Sharon among others commissioned Harris to add to his mural located near the Louisiana Classics room.

Hebert said that the updated and expanded mural is part of an ongoing effort to both showcase the history of the UL program and upgrade the school’s athletic facilities.