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2014 Card Chronicle Person Of The Year: The Finalists

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This may be as wide-open a vote as I can remember when it comes to this award, which is why we have a record number of finalists to choose from.

The winner, remember, will join this elite group:

2007 - Tom Jurich
2008 - David Padgett
2009 - Vacant (I still say it should be Billy Gillispie)
2010 - Charlie Strong
2011 - Charlie Strong and Preston Knowles (tie)
2012 - Tom Jurich
2013 - Teddy Bridgewater

Voting will end at noon on Dec. 30. Best of luck to all seven of the finalists...

RICK PITINO:

--Led Louisville to its third straight 30 win season and third straight conference tournament title.

RUSS SMITH

--Became Louisville's first consensus All-American since Clifford Rozier in 1994.

THE CCBM

--Continued to exist as one of the defining and most terrifying images of the U of L fan base despite being banned from PJCS for the Florida State game.

LORENZO MAULDIN

--Was the face of a Louisville football team which had an overwhelmingly successful season despite transitioning into a new conference and learning how to play for a new coaching staff.

THE ACC

--Louisville's new home is much, much better than its old home.

GEROD HOLLIMAN

--Tied a NCAA record for single-season interceptions which had stood alone since 1968. Also became Louisville's first AP All-American first teamer since 2005.

DAN MCDONNELL

--Led Louisville to its second straight College World Series appearance.