Charlie Strong: Kentucky Sportsman of the Year finalist

January 31, 2013 

Louisville Strong Football

Louisville head football coach Charlie Strong smiles at a reporters question during a news conference Thursday, Dec. 6, 2012, in Louisville, Ky. Strong announced this morning that he has turned down the head coaching job offer from the University of Tennessee and will stay at Louisville. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

TIMOTHY D. EASLEY — ASSOCIATED PRESS

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 Thursday night simultaneously on Kentucky.com and at the Bluegrass Sports Awards banquet. Complete results will be in Friday's Herald-Leader.

What he did in 2012: Louisville football coach led the Cardinals (11-2) to a share of the Big East title and a berth in the Sugar Bowl and said no to a chance to coach at Tennessee.

Voter comment: "Sugar Bowl win seemed impossible. Not leaving for a bigger payday at a big-time program, equally so." — Jared Peck, Lexington Herald-Leader

Previously announced finalists: Teddy Bridgewater, John Calipari, Randall Cobb, Anthony Davis, Dermontti Dawson, Tom Jurich, Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, A'dia Mathies, Darius Miller

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