After his team fell to a pedestrian 7-4 in the Big East with a five-overtime loss to Notre Dame in mid-February, Louisville coach Rick Pitino boosted the Cardinals' spirits by promising to get a tattoo if they won the national championship.
Louisville sports information director Kenny Klein tweeted the above photos early Friday morning of a shirtless Pitino showing off his fresh ink. The tattoo beneath his left shoulder features a Louisville script "L" logo adorned with the words "2013 NCAA Champions 35-5"
Credit Pitino for not only following through on his promise quickly but also not wimping out with a barely visible tattoo. That "L" takes up prime real estate on his back and appears to be about the size of a wallet.
The only remaining question now is what Pitino will do if the Cards go back-to-back, a real possibility with leading scorer Russ Smith announcing Thursday that he is coming back for his senior season. At this point, anything from a matching tattoo to an eyebrow piercing seems like a real possibility.
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