Rick Pitino Scared: Confetti Surprised Louisville Coach After NCAA Win (Video)

Tuesday, 09 Apr 2013 02:19 PM

By Alexander Ward

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Louisville head basketball coach Rick Pitino was so overwhelmed after the Cardinals won the NCAA Championship Monday night, the celebratory confetti canons scared him half to death.

Pitino, who made history as the first coach to win a national championship at two different schools (he led the University of Kentucky to the title in 1996), and the Cardinals beat Michigan 82-76 in Atlanta Monday, the same day he was announced as a member of the latest Hall of Fame class.

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News of Pitino's victory erupted online Monday night and was still going strong Tuesday, but what was on everyone's mind wasn’t the game, but the coach's reaction to the post-win confetti canons. Television cameras caught him quickly ducking as the loud bang resonated though the arena.

Coming off the tragedy of sophomore guard Kevin Ware's horrific leg fracture two weeks ago, the Cardinals managed to turn it around and win the national championship for the first time since 1986.

Ware, who had surgery to insert a steel rod into his right tibia, attended the game. Afterwards, officials lowered the basket so the injured player could cut a strand out of the net.

"These are my brothers," Ware told reporters. "They got the job done. I'm so proud of them, so proud of them."

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