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Fireworks surprise Louisville coach Rick Pitino in moments after historic championship

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Somebody forgot to tell Rick Pitino about the postgame fireworks at the national title game.

Pitino became the first coach to win a national championship at two different schools Monday when Louisville beat Michigan 82-76 in Atlanta.

Television cameras caught Pitino ducking for cover reacting to the fireworks just before shaking hands with Michigan counterpart John Beilein.

The Basketball Hall of Fame officially announced Monday that Pitino has earned induction. Another Hall of Fame coach was watching tonight's game and noted on Twitter Pitino's reaction to the fireworks.

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