Pitino named Kentucky Sportsman of the Year

Rick Pitino

University of Louisville men's basketball coach Rick Pitino accepted yet another honor on Wednesday night. Pitino was named Kentucky Sportsman of the Year for 2013 by the Lexington Herald-Leader newspaper.

The "Year of the Cardinal" managed to get three University of Louisville athletic figures at the top of the Kentucky Sportsman of the Year voting from the state's media.

But standing at the top was U of L basketball coach Rick Pitino, who was named Sportsman of the Year by the Lexington Herald-Leader.

Pitino earned 38 first-place votes from the 136 media members who voted from across the state of Kentucky. He finished with 1,021 votes.

U of L athletic director Tom Jurich had 44 first-place and 896 overall and was second, just ahead of former U of L quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who had 18 and 870 total.

Pitino becomes the first person to win the award three times, also capturing it in 1990 and '96. He helped U of L to the national title and was inducted into the Hall of Fame last year.

Charlie Strong (No. 9) and Russ Smith (No. 10) were also in the top 10 of voting.

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