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Robey, Hancock among eight to be inducted into Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame

Former Kentucky Wildcat Rick Robey and Seth Hancock, the president of Claiborne Farm, were among the eight inductees announced Wednesday for the Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame class of 2012, the Courier-Journal reported.

Robey, a 6-foot-10 center, was a member of UK's 1978 national champions and teamed with fellow big man Mike Phillips to form the school's first Twin Towers. He averaged 13.3 points and 8.0 rebounds in his career that also included a trip to the Final Four in 1975.

Hancock has been president of Claiborne since 1972, when he took over at age 23. The farm celebrated its 100th year in the thoroughbred breeding industry in 2010.

Other inductees include:

■ Angel McCoughtry, who graduated from the University of Louisville in 2009 as the school's all-time leading scorer (men's or women's) and is playing for Fenerbache Istanbul in the EuroLeague Women and for the Atlanta Dream of the WNBA.

■ Former U of L football coach and current ESPN commentator Lee Corso, who guided the Cardinals to an 28-11-3 record over four years that included a trip to the 1970 Pasadena Bowl.

■ Louisville native Hugh Durham, the only coach in NCAA history to lead two schools (Florida State in 1972 and Georgia in 1983) to their first — and only — NCAA Tournament Final Four. Durham won 633 games in a career that included 15 post-season appearances.

■ Homer Rice, a native of Bellevue, who was an assistant football coach at UK, a head coach at Cincinnati and Rice, and athletics director at North Carolina, Rice and Georgia Tech. He also coached the Cincinnati Bengals for two seasons, going 8-19 in 1978-79.

■ Bobby Watson, a 1948 graduate of Owensboro High School, who was a member of UK's 1951 basketball title team. He played for the Minneapolis Lakers in 1954 and coached Owensboro High to boys' titles in 1972 and 1980.

■ Churchill Downs, the Louisville racetrack that is home to the Kentucky Derby, which will be inducted as an entity. Louisville-based Hillerich & Bradsby was inducted the same way in 2006.

The induction dinner will be June 7 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Louisville.

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