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Louisville’s Rick Pitino honors tattoo promise after championship

Forget about the thrill of hoisting a national championship trophy or cutting down the nets.

The players on the Louisville basketball team wanted to win an NCAA title to make their coach, Rick Pitino, follow through on a promise: The 60-year-old known for his dapper suits had vowed to get a tattoo if his squad finished on top.

Pitino got inked on Friday morning, according to a Darren Rovell story for ESPN. The simple design featured an “L” with the team’s record, placed on his left shoulder blade.

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As senior guard Peyton Siva said after the Cardinals defeated Michigan for the title: “Our biggest motivation was to get coach a tattoo.”

Pitino told ESPN the process wasn’t so bad.

“It wasn’t even close to the pain I had with kidney stones,” Pitino said. “That was like an ‘A’ in pain, this was a ‘C.’”

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