Cats nominated for four ESPY Awards

Kentucky will be well represented at ESPN’s annual ESPY Awards this year.

The Cats are nominated in four different categories, headlined by the Wildcats’ nomination for Best Team. John Calipari is among six nominees for Best Coach/Manager, and Anthony Davis is nominated for Best Male College Athlete and Best Breakthrough Athlete.

The 20th annual ESPYs will air live July 11 at 9 p.m. ET at the Nokia Theater in downtown Los Angeles with host Rob Wiggle. ESPN describes the event as the one night where the sports world joins together to celebrate the best moments of the year.

Fans can select the winners by voting online at ESPN will air the ESPY Nomination Special Wednesday night at 11 on ESPN2.

Kentucky’s categories are below:


Anthony Davis could be raking in more hardware at the 2012 ESPY Awards.

Best Team

Alabama football
Baylor women’s basketball
Kentucky men’s basketball
Los Angeles Kings
Miami Heat
New York Giants
St. Louis Cardinals

Best Coach/Manager

John Calipari (Kentucky basketball)
Tom Coughlin (New York Giants)
Kim Mulkey (Baylor women’s basketball)
Patrick Murphy (Alabama softball)
Erik Spoelstra (Miami Heat)
Darryl Sutter (Los Angeles Kings)

Best Male College Athlete

Jack Connolly (Minnesota-Duluth hockey)
Anthony Davis (Kentucky basketball)
Robert Griffin III (Baylor football)
Andrew Luck (Stanford football)
Mike Zunino (Florida baseball)

Best Breakthrough Athlete

Anthony Davis (Kentucky basketball)
Robert Griffin III (Baylor football)
Rob Gronkowski (New England Patriots)
Jeremy Lin (New York Knicks)
Alex Morgan (Soccer)