Originally posted on Bush League Chronicle  |  Last updated 4/11/13

Louisville men's basketball coach Rick Pitino made a promise to his players around midseason that he will now have to live up to.As a way to offer additional motivation to his players, Pitino vowed to get a tattoo if the Cardinals wound up winning the national championship. On Monday, Louisville did just that with an 82-76 victory over Michigan in the title game.Speculation has run rampant ever since then as to what the tattoo would look like, as well as where Pitino may have the ink placed on his body. The wait is finally over as Pitino reportedly told his players that he would get a tattoo on his left shoulder which features a cardinal with words underneath that read "2013 champions.""I said it ... not believing this was going to be a reality but I am going to get it. I'm a man of my word. I'm going to get it on my left shoulder," Pitino explained. "It will be a cardinal and it will say 2013 champions." Louisville might very well be in good position to repeat as champions in 2014, even if key players Russ Smith and Gorgui Dieng decide to leave for the NBA early. If they can somehow manage to defend their crown, maybe Pitino will get a similar tattoo on his right shoulder? Oh, the possibilites.Via Sports Illustrated

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