Rick Pitino Says He's Getting a Tattoo After Louisville Wins National Title

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Rick Pitino Says He's Getting a Tattoo After Louisville Wins National Title
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It’s time to pony up, Rick.

Minutes after beating the Michigan Wolverines and winning the 2013 NCAA National Championship, Louisville Cardinals head coach Rick Pitino let the nation in on a little secret: 

He’s getting a tattoo.

According to Louisville's Kevin Ware (via WTSP.com), earlier in the season Pitino promised his players he would get a tattoo if they won a national championship. They all laughed about it at the time, but toward the end of college basketball regular season Pitino said his players started greeting him in a... different manner.

“When they’d say hello, they’d say, ‘Get a tattoo,’” Pitino said to broadcaster Jim Nantz while onstage after Monday night’s National Championship game. “They said if you win the national championship, you are getting a tattoo. I said ‘Hell yeah, I am getting a tattoo.’”

The promise came out of nowhere, as well as the backstory of players telling him to get inked whenever they saw him. 

However Louisville was using it, it worked. After facing a 12-point deficit in the first half, the Cardinals battled back, outlasting a barrel of three-pointers from Michigan to win the game 82-76.

The secret sauce to the Cards’ comeback? The promise of ink to come. 


“Our biggest motivation,” Peyton Siva said after the game, “was to get Coach P a tattoo.”

You’re cornered now, Rick. In the last week your son was hired to head coach the Minnesota Golden Gophers’ basketball team, your horse ran its way into the Kentucky Derby, you were inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame and now your basketball team has won the NCAA national championship. 

This magnitude of cosmic benevolence comes with a price, and that price is a tattoo, possibly around the ankle.

On Twitter, looking for misspelled Cardinals fan tweets for tattoo suggestions: Dr__Carson

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