Over the next 10 days, we are revealing, in alphabetical order, the 10 finalists for the 2014 Lexington Herald-Leader Kentucky Sportsman of the Year award.
The winner will be announced simultaneously the night of Feb. 4 on Kentucky.com and at the fourth annual Bluegrass Sports Awards banquet.
Complete results from Sportsman voting will be in the Feb. 5 Herald-Leader along with a story on the winner and summaries on each of the top 10 finishers in the voting.
Here is the first of the 10 finalists:
Why 2014 was a very good year: After his lavishly praised team disappointed with 10 regular-season losses, the University of Kentucky men's basketball coach "tweaked" the Wildcats through a loaded NCAA Tournament Midwest Region bracket and to Kentucky's second national championship game appearance in three years.
What the voters said:
1.) "Tweak, twerk, call it whatever you want, Calipari's 11th-hour rescue of UK's doomed basketball season was the most astonishing resuscitation since Vincent Vega saved Mia Wallace in Pulp Fiction."
— Mark Coomes, InsiderLouisville.com
2.) "Leading UK back to the Final Four and national championship game only cemented (Calipari's) greatness in college basketball. There is no doubt he is the foremost athletic figure in the commonwealth."
— Andy Sweeney, WBHE-AM, Louisville
3.) "Kentucky coach finally made the right 'tweak' to his disappointing Wildcats and they responded by almost winning his second national title in three years."
— Brad Stephens, The Oldham Era, LaGrange