The Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame will induct its 2012 class Thursday night (reception starts at 6 p.m. followed by banquet and ceremony) at the Crowne Plaza Hotel (formerly the Executive Inn West) in Louisville. Tickets are $75 a person or $600 for a table of eight.
Below, in alphabetical order, are the 2012 inductees:
Churchill Downs. The Kentucky landmark has played host to the Kentucky Derby and the Kentucky Oaks without interruption since 1875.
Lee Corso. In four seasons (1969-72) as head football coach at the University of Louisville, Corso led the Cardinals to a 28-11-3 record and the 1970 and '71 championships of the Missouri Valley Conference. Since 1987, has been a college football analyst for ESPN.
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Hugh Durham. Product of Louisville's Eastern High School had illustrious run as men's college basketball coach, winning 634 career games and leading Florida State (1972) and Georgia (1983) to Final Four berths.
Seth Hancock. After becoming president of his family-owned Claiborne Farm in 1972 at age 23, Hancock has kept historic Claiborne at the pinnacle of Thoroughbred horse racing and breeding, including winning the Kentucky Derby (Swale, 1984) and the Breeders' Cup Classic (Blame, 2010).
Angel McCoughtry. In University of Louisville women's basketball history, McCoughtry is the all-time leader in scoring (2,779 points) rebounding (1,261), steals (481) and blocked shots (162). Was star of 2009 U of L team that advanced to the NCAA Tournament finals, where the Cardinals lost to Connecticut. McCoughtry was the No. 1 overall draft pick in the 2009 WNBA Draft by the Atlanta Dream.
Homer Rice. Coached Fort Thomas Highlands to Class 2A football state championships in 1960 and '61, then became a college head coach at Cincinnati, Rice and Georgia Tech. Also served a stint as head man of the NFL's Cincinnati Bengals.
Rick Robey. In four-year basketball career (1974-78) at Kentucky, scored 1,395 career points and played on two Final Four teams, including UK's 1978 NCAA champions. Selected third overall by in the 1978 NBA Draft by Indiana, went on to play for the Pacers, Celtics and Suns.
Bobby Watson. Owensboro native scored 1,001 points playing basketball for UK and was a starting guard on Adolph Rupp's 1951 NCAA championship team. Returned home and had a distinguished high school coaching career, leading Owensboro High School to the 1972 and 1980 state championships.