The players who contributed to the Louisville Cardinals' championship-winning 2012-13 men’s basketball team will receive their commemorative rings on Monday.
Kenny Klein, the program’s senior associate athletic director for media relations, announced the news on Twitter on Monday afternoon:
Louisville MBB players receiving their championship rings today, just in time for the Cards' White House visit Tues pic.twitter.com/EsFwHS2yOd— Kenny Klein (@KKcards) July 22, 2013
Peyton Siva, who was drafted by the Detroit Pistons after starting at point guard for Louisville during its national title run, posted several pictures on his Instagram feed:
As Klein noted, these come just in time for the Cards’ trip to visit President Barack Obama at the White House on Tuesday.
Jonathan Lintner of The Courier-Journal reported that every single one of the UL players from last season will be making the journey to Washington D.C., with the notable exception of Russ Smith.
The team’s leading scorer in 2012-13 will be participating with Team USA during the Four Nations Cup in Europe before he returns to the states for his senior season.
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Expect the players to show off their new jewelry when they are on stage at the Rose Garden tomorrow, as these rings are flashy.
The front features the Cardinals logo inlaid with numerous diamonds, surrounded by the words “National Champions,” while the side displays the Louisville name with another national champions graphic emblazoned underneath.
Head coach Rick Pitino may not need to wear the ring often, however, as he will never be without a constant reminder of his 2012-13 Cardinals squad.
Pitino famously tattooed the program’s 35-5 record and “NCAA Champions”—along with an “L” for the university—on his back, fulfilling a promise he made to his players.
With these rings in hand, the Hall of Fame coach and the young men that made it possible now have one more reminder of how amazing their journey was.