It's been quite a month for Louisville

Four weeks ago tonight, the University of Louisville captured the school's third NCAA national title with a victory over Michigan at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. U of L coach Rick Pitino didn't win the Kentucky Derby on Saturday but it's still been some kind of month for the athletic program. Cardinal Authority looks back.

It doesn't seem that long ago.

Four weeks ago tonight, the University of Louisville basketball team rallied from 12-points down to beat Michigan and claim the school's third NCAA National Championship at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta.

It's been all Louisville, all the time since the Cardinals cut down the nets.

"It's been quite a run," U of L coach Rick Pitino told Cardinal Authority on Friday. "It's just been a very good time."

The Cardinals haven't stopped celebrating.

The day after the men won the title, the U of L women lost in the women's national championship game to Connecticut. Pitino and his staff attended the game in New Orleans in support of the women.

The next day the men and women's teams held a celebration at the KFC Yum! Center and later that week were honored at the U of L Football Spring Game, which drew a record crowd of 33,000.

The U of L baseball and softball teams have been ranked in the top 15 all season and last week Kentucky Derby festivities centered around some U of L teams.

The men's and women's basketball teams were the grand marshals in the Pegasus Parade, while U of L football coach Charlie Strong was in the paddock and gave the "Riders Up" signal for the jockeys in the Kentucky Derby.

And there was Peyton Siva, Mike Marra and Gorgui Dieng in the winners' circle after the 139th Kentucky Derby on Saturday. The trio carried the garland of roses from the paddock to the winner's circle before the race.

"It's a once-in-a-lifetime moment," Marra said.

The only thing that didn't turn into a celebration this month for those associated with U of L was the Derby itself. Pitino owns five percent of Goldencents, who was the second betting choice in the race but was 17th place in the Derby.

"At least we won the championship," said Pitino, who on Wednesday night told Cardinal Authority that "We're going to have fun, win or lose. We've already won."

It has been quite a month for the Cardinals.

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