Former Godby stars dismissed from Kentucky

Former Godby stars dismissed from Kentucky


Former Godby stars dismissed from Kentucky


A pair of former Godby High stars, brothers Kadeem “Pancho” Thomas and Khalid Thomas, were dismissed by the Kentucky football program for a violation of team rules Thursday morning.

Chris Van Brackel, a lieutenant with the Lexington Police Department, said Pancho Thomas and Khalid Thomas were charged with possession of a controlled substance at 12:45 a.m. July 6.

Van Brackel could provide no other information on the case, and the Fayette District Courthouse has yet to process paperwork related to the Thomas brothers’ citation. A clerk at the courthouse indicated the two weren’t arrested.

Possession of a controlled substance can either be a misdemeanor or a felony, depending upon the type and amount of drugs on hand.

UK spokesman Tony Neely told the media that the school would have no further comment on the matter.

Godby coach Ronnie Cottrell was “stunned” by the news.

“I just learned of the situation of Kadeem and Khalid and I am just stunned,” Cottrell said Thursday morning. “We are certainly behind them and will try to help support them through this situation.”

Pancho Thomas, a sophomore linebacker, played as a reserve and on special teams in 10 games last season.

Khalid Thomas, a freshman running back, had recently moved to Lexington after signing with the Wildcats in February. He helped lead Godby to the class 5A state championship and was named All-Big Bend Co-Play of the Year this past fall.

Thomas rushed for 1,471 yards and 14 touchdowns.

They are the 10th and 11th players to leave the program since former Florida State defensive coordinator Mark Stoops was named head coach of the program in November.

Five of the 11 players were dismissed for violations of team rules.

The Louisville Courier-Journal contributed to this report.

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