Wide receivers coach Lamar Thomas is no longer on Kentucky's football staff. He was credited for signing Heisman victor Lamar Jackson during his time at Louisville, but Thomas didn't create similar recruiting inroads at Kentucky.
The wide receiver position now open makes it two current spots to fill for Stoops. It was a bold and provocative move considering he had been Louisville's coach during the 2015 year. Their high water mark came against Louisville, his old employer, in that win for the Wildcats against the Cardinals in 2016.
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.
The Cats were breaking in several new wide receivers at key positions in 2017 after the unexpected early departure of Jeff Badet, who graduated and transferred to Oklahoma, and the loss of Dorian Baker.
Thomas spent two seasons as the wide receivers coach at UK.