Louisville coach Rick Pitino must follow through on his promise and get a tattoo after his team won the national championship.
(USA TODAY) -- Louisville played for themselves, for the program's third national
championship overall and first under coach Rick Pitino. They played for
teammate Kevin Ware, whose leg injury served as a rallying point for the
team throughout the Final Four.
They also played for a tattoo.
agreement came roughly at midseason, Ware said. It was simple: If
Louisville went forward and won the national championship, Pitino would
have to get a tattoo - with the decision about exactly what the tattoo
would say coming later.
12-13 games ago, all of these guys, when they say 'hello' they get a
tattoo," Pitino said after the game. "They said if you win the national
championship, coach, you are getting a tattoo. I said, hell yeah, I am
getting a tattoo."
After Louisville's 82-76 win over Michigan, Pitino needs to follow through on his end of the deal. Don't think the Cardinals have forgotten.
"I think that was our biggest motivation, was to get (Pitino) a tattoo," guard Peyton Siva said.
"It means everything," Ware said, "and I'm gonna hold him to that tattoo he gonna be getting soon."
For the 60-year-old Pitino, the next step will be to come to a
decision on multiple fronts, all circling around his new body art. Where
should it go? What should it say?
Most of all, how much will it hurt?
told some reporters he should get a lower-back tattoo," Siva said. "He
said, 'Does it sting?' I said, I don't know. I don't have any tattoos."
(Siva is actually no stranger to tattoos: During the Big East
tournament, former President Bill Clinton said of Louisville's senior
guard, "He was amazing last year. And nice tattoos.")
does forward Luke Hancock, the Final Four's Most Outstanding Player
after scoring a combined 42 points in the Cardinals' wins over the
Wolverines and Wichita State.
"I don't have any tattoos. But we
have a couple of ideas," Hancock said. "I don't think he knew what he
was getting into when he signed up for that one."
One idea for Pitino to consider? A name. Siva's name, to be exact.
"You know, get my name," Siva suggested.