Sportsman of the Year final voting

January 23, 2011 

Votes were cast by sports media members from around Kentucky. Voters submitted up to 10 names. Points were awarded in the following manner: 12 for a first-place vote; 10 for second; 8 for third; seven for fourth; six for fifth; five for sixth; four for seventh; three for eighth; two for ninth; one for 10th. First-place votes in parentheses:

1. John Wall, basketball (14) 369

2. Randall Cobb, football (4) 276

3. John Calipari, basketball (8) 271

4. Victoria Dunlap, basketball (3) 196

5. Calvin Borel, horse racing (2) 169

6. Matthew Mitchell, basketball 153

7. Elisha Justice, basketball (2) 127

8. Pearse Lyons, administration (4)124

9. Jim Host, administration (5) 122

10. Rajon Rondo, basketball 121

11. Zenyatta, horse racing (2) 111

12. Shelvin Mack, basketball (1) 102

13. Charlie Strong, football 87

14. Bruton Smith, auto racing (2) 83

15. Ken Lolla, soccer (1) 82

16. Tyson Gay, track 55

17. Kenneth Faried, basketball 54

18. Jacob Tamme, football 38

19. Billy Kennedy, basketball (1) 36

20. Jason Booher, basketball 27

Others receiving first-place votes (in order of total votes received): Patrick Patterson, basketball (1 first-place vote, 26 total points); Whitney Ballinger, basketball (1, 12); Enes Kanter, basketball (1, 12).

Others named on at least two ballots: Blame, horse racing, 24 points; Lamar Dawson, football, 23; DeMarcus Cousins, basketball, 22; Emma Talley, golf, 19; Dale Mueller, football, 17; J.B. Holmes, golf, 12; John Basalyga, soccer, 11; Pat Riley, basketball, 11; Steve Johnson, football, 10; Sarah Beth Barnette, basketball, 9; Larry French, football, 9; Corey Hart, baseball, 9; Bob Beatty, football, 8; Molly Johnson, softball, 7; Colin Rolfe, soccer, 7; Danny Trevathan, football, 7; Angel McCoughtry, basketball, 6; Bobby Rainey, football, 6; Scott Davenport, basketball, 5; Arin Gilliland, soccer, 5; A'dia Mathies, basketball, 4.

The history of the Herald-Leader's Kentucky Sportsman of the Year Award:

Winner Year Runner-up

John Calipari 2009Angel McCoughtry

Kenny Perry 2008 J.B. Holmes

Tyson Gay 2007 Andre Woodson

Brandon Webb 2006 Bobby Petrino

Shaun Alexander 2005 J.B. Holmes

Stefan LeFors 2004 Tayshaun Prince

Kenny Perry 2003 Tubby Smith

Valley Sports 2002 Derek Abney

Eddie Eviston 2001 Tom Jurich

John L. Smith 2000 Bill Cronin

James Whalen Jr. 1999 Chris Redman

Tubby Smith 1998 Tim Couch

Tim Couch 1997 Hal Mumme

Rick Pitino 1996 W.T. Young

Tim Couch 1995 Moe Williams

Jenny Hansen 1994 Pat Day

Jamal Mashburn 1993 Rick Pitino

The Unforgettables 1992 Rick Pitino

Cawood Ledford 1991 Kevin Donley

Rick Pitino 1990 Howard Schnellenberger

David Roselle 1989 Jerry Claiborne

Richie Farmer 1988 Pat Riley

Phil Simms 1987 Mark Higgs

Denny Crum 1986 Eddie Sutton

Kenny Walker 1985 Danny Sullivan

Mary T. Meagher 1984 Jerry Claiborne

Jerry Claiborne 1983 A. Ray Smith

Roy Kidd 1982 Valerie Still

Roy Kidd 1981 Mary T. Meagher

Fifty-two ballots were submitted by members of the Kentucky sports media. The nominees named on the most ballots:

1. John Wall 42

2. Randall Cobb 40

3. John Calipari 32

4. Victoria Dunlap 31

5. Matthew Mitchell 27

6. Elisha Justice 26

7. Calvin Borel 23

7. Shelvin Mack 23

9. Rajon Rondo 21

9. Zenyatta 21

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