Legendary Coach Promised Team He Would Get Inked Up If They Won It All

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — In mid-February, Louisville head men’s basketball coach Rick Pitino made a promise to his team.

The Cardinals had just lost to Notre Dame to fall to 7-4 in Big East play. In an effort to motivate his team and lift its spirits, the legendary coach promised his players that if they won the national championship, he would get a tattoo.

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Well sure enough, the Cardinals steamrolled the competition in the NCAA Tournament and defeated Michigan in the title game to win it all.

A close-up of Rick Pitino's tattoo (Credit: Twitter/ @KKcards)

A close-up of Rick Pitino’s tattoo (Credit: Twitter/ @KKcards)

Give credit to the former Knicks coach. The 60-year-old stayed true to his word and got inked up. The photos were tweeted out by Louisville sports information director Kenny Klein.

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Pitino’s championship in 2013 was the second of his career. He also won with the University of Kentucky in 1996.

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