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Bill Clinton visits the Louisville locker room after Thursday’s win and gets bunny-eared

Jeff Eisenberg
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Bill Clinton snaps a photo with the entire Louisville team and staff (via @MattNorlander)

A member of the Louisville basketball team gave a former U.S. president bunny ears in the locker room after Thursday night's Big East tournament win over Villanova, and believe it or not, it wasn't Russ Smith.

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Louisville players pose with former president Bill Clinton (via Chane Behanan)

Irreverent forward Chane Behanan instead was the culprit, putting bunny ears behind Bill Clinton during a group photo as though he and the former president were a pair of buddies in third grade. Surprisingly, Smith just smiles and Waves demurely in the above photo, a far cry from last March when he lived up to his "Russdiculous" nickname by famously bunny-earing coach Rick Pitino during a TV interview after an NCAA tournament win.

Clinton attended the evening session during Thursday's Big East quarterfinals, taking in Louisville's victory over Villanova and Notre Dame's mini-upset of Marquette. According to CBSSports.com's Matt Norlander, Clinton and Pitino have a relationship dating back to the 1990s, so the former president opted to stop by the Louisville locker room for about 10 minutes after the Cardinals' 74-55 victory and visit with the players and coaches.

"We all approached him -- very slowly," Behanan told Norlander. "He was telling us about becoming a president, how things were, traveling, and he talked to Gorgui (Dieng) about visiting Senegal, asked what city he (Dieng) was from. I thought I'd never meet a president. An honor and a blessing."

So now Behanan can cross meeting a former president off his bucket list. And, giving a former president bunny ears.

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