John Calipari: Kentucky Sportsman of the Year finalist

mstory@herald-leader.comJanuary 23, 2013 

as UK coach John Calipari and his Kentucky basketball team, in conjunction with WKYT, will host a telethon to help raise money for victims of Superstorm Sandy with board members and volunteers with the American Red Cross on Wednesday November 7, 2012 in Lexington, Ky. Photo by Mark Cornelison | Staff


We are revealing, in alphabetical order, the 10 finalists for the 2012 Lexington Herald-Leader Kentucky Sportsman of the Year award. The winner will be announced the night of Jan. 31 simultaneously on and at the Bluegrass Sports Award Banquet. Complete results will be in the Feb. 1 Herald-Leader.

What he did in 2012: Coached Kentucky men's basketball to a 38-2 record, an undefeated SEC mark (16-0), a second consecutive Final Four berth and the 2012 NCAA championship.

Voter comment: "(Calipari) had the most statewide impact of anyone ... hands down." — Neal Bradley, Murray State University play-by-play announcer

Previously announced finalist: Teddy Bridgewater

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