KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Former Tennessee guard Chris Lofton is
the recipient of the Southeastern Conference's inaugural
SEC Commissioner Mike Slive announced Tuesday that Lofton had
won the award and that his name would be forwarded for nomination
to the NCAA for national sportsmanship awards.
The SEC cited Lofton's struggles with testicular cancer through
his senior season. Lofton kept news of the cancer mostly to himself
while he underwent surgery, radiation treatment and recovery.
The SEC credited Lofton for making "no excuses whenever he was
feeling down or had a sub-par performance on the playing floor" as
an example of his outstanding sportsmanship.
Lofton, a native of Maysville, Ky., holds the conference's
career record for 3-point baskets with 431.
Also winning the SEC's Sportsmanship Award is Florida golfer
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