Rick Pitino will get tattoo of a cardinal on his shoulder


Rick Pitino is, indeed, getting a tattoo. (Andy Lyons / Getty Images)

Rick Pitino promised his Louisville players that he’d get a tattoo if they won the national championship.

They did and now he will.

Pitino knows just what he’ll get and where he’ll get it.

“I said it … not believing this was going to be a reality but I am going to get it,” Pitino told “CBS This Morning” earlier this week. “I’m a man of my word. I’m going to get it on my left shoulder. It will be a cardinal and it will say 2013 champions.”

The 60-year-old coach explained shortly after his team won the national championship Monday night:

“About 12, 13 games ago, all these guys — if they say hello, they get a tattoo — said, ‘If you win the national championship coach, are you getting a tattoo?’” Pitino said. “And I said, ‘Hell, yes, I’m gettin’ a tattoo.’”

America needs to see this.

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.

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