NCAA: Kentucky Wildcats Dismiss Thomas Brothers

The Kentucky Wildcats football team dismissed brothers Kadeem and Khalid Thomas for violating team rules.

Jul 11 2013, 9:33pm CDT | by

NCAA: Kentucky Wildcats Dismiss Thomas Brothers
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The Kentucky Wildcats football team dismissed Kadeem "Pancho" Thomas and younger brother Khalid Thomas on Thursday for violating team rules. 

Lt. Chris Van Brackel of the Lexington Police Department said the brothers were charged with possession of a controlled substance at 12:45 a.m. on July 6. Van Brackel couldn't provide more information about the incident although a report from confirms the two weren't arrested

Kentucky athletics department spokesman Tony Neely affirmed the dismissal although he did not specify the infraction, per the Associated Press

The Thomas brothers both starred at Godby High in Tallahassee, Fl. Their high school coach, Ronnie Cottrell, was stunned when he found out about the news

"I just learned of the situation of Kadeem and Khalid and I am just stunned. We are certainly behind them and will try to help support them through this situation."

Pancho Thomas, a sophomore linebacker, recorded 12 tackles in 10 games while backing up senior Avery Williamson. He also saw action on special teams. 

His younger brother Khalid is a freshman running back who helped Godby High win the class 5A state championship. He was also named All-Big Bend Co-Player of the Year last fall. He had 1,471 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns. 

According to the Wildcats' SB Nation football site, the dismissal of the Thomas brothers is the latest in a string of depatures from the team which began with cornerbacks Jonathan Reed and Marcus Caffey being dismissed themselves in January. Running back Justin Taylor transferred two months ago while five players followed suit last month. 

The Wildcats finished just 2-10 in the 2012 NCAA season, finishing dead last in the SEC East. 


Poch de la Rosa follows all major U.S. sports: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and the NCAA. His favorite teams are the Colts, Braves, Pacers, Sharks and Irish, respectively.


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