clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

UK Wildcats Football: Lamar Thomas let go as wide receivers coach

Thomas has been on Stoops’ staff for two seasons, but was let go as his contract expired in the offseason.

Music City Bowl - Kentucky v Northwestern Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images

Wide receivers coach Lamar Thomas is being let go by UK and head coach Mark Stoops. Patrick Loney was first to break the news. UK has since confirmed in a press release.

“I appreciate the contributions Lamar made to our program during the last two years,” Stoops said. “We wish him the best in the future.”

The release also adds Stoops is in the process of hiring two assistant coaches, one to replace Thomas, and the other being an additional full-time assistant coach that is now permissible under NCAA rules.

Thomas came to Lexington after the 2015 season. He previously coached at Louisville and was a key piece in securing Lamar Jackson’s commitment to that university.

While Thomas was viewed as a big hire for Stoops at the time, it’s not quite materialized into what UK had hoped for. Thomas has offered very little on the recruiting front, and he’s not done a great job at developing younger receivers during his first two seasons.

We did see Garrett Johnson enjoy two good seasons, but outside of him, no other receiver has proven to be a consistent threat. Stoops apparently felt that it was time to move on and find a new coach for this position.