2012 Kentucky Sportsman of the Year Ballot: Chip Cosby

01/11/2013 11:13 AM

cn|2’s Chip Cosby, Thomas Beisner and Leslie Neeley were all asked to vote for the 2012 Kentucky Sportsman of the Year Award, which will be announced Jan. 31, 2013, simultaneously on Kentucky.com and at the second annual Bluegrass Sports Awards Banquet in Lexington. These are their picks.

1. Anthony Davis (University of Kentucky basketball player)

This one was really a no-brainer. The bigger question isn’t whether Davis is the Sportsman of the Year; it’s where his accomplishments rank historically among Kentucky sports figures. You’d be hard-pressed to find anyone who has ever had as eventful of a year as Davis had in 2012.

2. Tom Jurich (University of Louisville athletic director)

Only a once-in-a-lifetime year like the one Davis had could have kept Jurich from taking home the hardware. In addition to his basketball team making the Final Four, his football team winning the Sugar Bowl, and guiding the school into the ACC, Jurich was able to hold on to football coach Charlie Strong, who turned down an overture from Tennessee to remain at UofL.

3. Teddy Bridgewater (University of Louisville quarterback)

Bridgewater became a household name among football fans in 2012. His heroic effort against Rutgers while battling wrist and ankle injuries will go down in Cardinal lore, and he picked apart a vaunted Florida defense in the Sugar Bowl. He will be right in the thick of the 2013 Heisman chase.

4. Charlie Strong (University of Louisville football coach)

Strong not only got the job done on the field, but showed the kind of loyalty that’s rare in college sports these days, as he turned down a school with more tradition (Tennessee) to stay and continue his building job at UofL.

5. John Calipari (University of Kentucky basketball coach)

Cal has become so dominant on the recruiting trail and in the headlines that it’s easy to take him for granted. But make no mistake about it: John Calipari is the ‘it’ coach and the Cats are the ‘it’ program going into 2013.

6. James Quick (Trinity High School football player)

Quick’s football exploits are well-documented, but he was also a key cog on Trinity’s basketball squad that won the school’s first state title.

7. Adia Mathies (University of Kentucky women’s basketball player)

Mathies was the best player in the best women’s basketball conference in the country and also led Matthew Mitchell’s squad to the Elite Eight.

8. Ty Scroggins (Central High School football coach)

Scroggins has won five state titles in six years at a school that doesn’t have near the resources of a Trinity or a St. X.

9. Anne Kordes (University of Louisville volleyball coach)

Kordes has brought a breath of fresh air and energy to the UofL women’s volleyball team, leading the Cards to Big East regular season and conference tourney championships and the NCAA round of 32.

10. Angel McCoughtry (WNBA player)

McCoughtry, like Anthony Davis, helped the U.S. Olympic team bring home the gold. But while Davis saw limited action, McCougthry was the team’s second-leading scorer.

Thomas Beisner

TJ is an Anchor for Spectrum News. You can catch his work on KSTV, the only nightly show in the state focusing on UK Sports. When it comes to UK Basketball, TJ covers recruiting, the NCAA tournament and everything in between. During March TJ probably sees the players more than he sees his family but he’s able to provide Spectrum News viewers the unique insight that only a lifelong fan can give. He’s also taken on several special programs including “Wildcat Forever: The John Stewart Story.” KSTV airs weeknights at 7:30 and 11pm on Spectrum News. You can also catch podcasts of the show as well as bonus podcasts, just find KSTV on Itunes. For the latest on everything going on with UK Athletics, recruiting or if you just need some hilarious parenting anecdotes follow TJ on Twitter @tjbeisner.

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