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Lamar Thomas won't return as WR coach

Lamar Thomas won't return as WR coach

Kentucky and wide receivers coach Lamar Thomas have parted ways, sources close to the program told SEC Country on Thursday evening. And Thomas acknowledged his departure in a social media message.

Wide receivers coach Lamar Thomas of the Kentucky Wildcats walks out to the field prior to the TaxSlayer Bowl against the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at EverBank Field on Saturday, December 31, 2016 in Jacksonville, Florida. He's coached at Western Kentucky, Louisville and Kentucky.

Thomas, a colorful coach with a nickname for every player, joined Stoops' staff after working at Louisville under Bobby Petrino.

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Stoops is in the process of hiring two assistant coaches, one to replace Thomas, along with the additional full-time assistant coach that is now permissible under NCAA rules.

Thomas' contract, which was set to expire in June, was not renewed after two seasons with the Cats.

The unit suffered significant losses after the 2016 season when Jeff Badet opted to transfer to Oklahoma and Dorian Baker was held out the entire year with an injury.


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