Posted April 09, 2013 on AP on Fox
Ncaa_basketball_louisville_a01e
Someday soon, Rick Pitino is going to have to explain the tattoo to his grandkids. But first, he's going to tell them the story of how getting into the Hall of Fame might have been only the second best thing that happened to him on a serendipitous Monday in April. Because barely 12 hours after Pitino became a member of one of the most exclusive clubs in sports, he did something no college basketball coach had ever done. He won a second national championship as Louisville beat Michigan 82-76, a victory that made him the only coach to take two different schools to the top of the heap. It came 17 years after Pitino's 1996 Kentucky team, a squad loaded with nine future pros, won in a walkover. This team was less about pure talent and more about grit. Their story begins with Luke Hancock, who recovered from a devastating shoulder injury and made all five of his 3-point attempts to earn the final game's most outstanding player. In what was only its latest display of unity, the team ra...
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Why are the New York Rangers being overlooked?

Titans DB McCourtey: Dorial Green-Bechkam is 'a beast'

J.R. Smith officially re-signs with Cavaliers

Gilbert Arenas’ assistant guilty of stealing $2 million

Peyton on when he’ll retire: ‘I don’t have those thoughts’

Ruling is in: Tom Brady's four-game suspension nullified

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Saints season looking bleak as team is hit hard by injuries

Dodgers owner talks trash after sweeping Giants

Evander Kane wins back model girlfriend with billboard

Urban Meyer has 'feeling' who will start at QB

Report: Schilling to return to 'Sunday Night Baseball'

Report: Cardale Jones rushed to hospital with head pain

College Basketball News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Iman Shumpert will name daughter Iman Shumpert Jr.

Dallas company celebrates Romo with DirecTV 'crownies'

Top 10 storylines for Week 4 of the NFL preseason

Matt Williams is still hopelessly married to the idea of the closer’s role

Five unique CFB games to watch this weekend

Be careful what you wish for, Jay Gruden

Ryan taking leap of faith with Bills

Top 10 storylines for Week 1 of college football season

Underdogs: Hopefuls that can shock in the World Cup

Manfred digs Shoeless Joe a deeper grave

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker