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Rick Pitino is beaming as he strides into the press conference for the Maker’s Mark bottle announcement, obviously still ecstatic from his University of Louisville basketball team’s monumental win in the Georgia Dome just eight weeks ago. Having won two national championships now, he seems equally excited about the future of the program.

The coach is there to express his appreciation to Maker’s Mark and to dip several bottles of the latest Rick Pitino design into a boiling container of black wax, the first of 12,600 bottles that will go on sale at beverage stores through the state on Friday, signing one of the bottles. “I done a couple of bottles now for Maker’s Mark,” he said. “The other one was a different color.”

The special design will help underwrite the UofL Academic Center of Excellence, an $8 million state-of-the-art facility adjacent to Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. To date, more than $4 million has been pledged toward the center, according to Mark Jurich, associate athletic director.

Pitino also answered questions on other topics:

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