Kevin Ware’s injury was a turning point for Louisville last year. (Michael Conroy / AP)

Kevin Ware, whose gruesome compound fracture of leg was an emotional touchstone for Louisville as it won the 2013 NCAA national championship, is transferring from the school.

Coach Rick Pitino, whose Cardinals were eliminated by Kentucky in a Sweet 16 game Friday night, confirmed Ware’s decision.

“We wish Kevin godspeed,” Pitino said (via the Louisville Courier-Journal’s Adam Himmelsbach and Jeff Greer).

Ware made a stirring return to the court on Nov. 6, making a three-pointer in his first shot, but played little thereafter and suffered another injury to the same leg Dec. 17. That ended his season.

Ware, who is from Georgia, plans to transfer to a school closer to home. One possible spot for him is Auburn, where Bruce Pearl was just named the coach. He committed to Pearl at Tennessee in 2011, then Pearl was fired.

Ware was an inspiration for the Cardinals after breaking his leg in the team’s regional final win over Duke last March. He was carried off the floor and underwent surgery, then cheered on his teammates from the bench.