It hasn't been a great season for Mark Richt and the Miami Hurricanes, and Wednesday, it got a little worse. One of the team's best players has been dismissed from the program.
Sophomore wide receiver Jeff Thomas, the team's best outside threat, has been dismissed from the program by head coach Mark Richt. The school announced the news Wednesday night.
Rumors began swirling Wednesday morning after Thomas missed practice, but the school, at the time, confirmed that Thomas was still part of the team. That appears to have changed.
Richt issued a statement, suggesting some kind of issue led to Thomas' dismissal:
“We have high standards for excellence, for conduct and for the commitment to team for all of the young men who wear our uniform, and we will not waver from those standards. We wish Jeff the very best as he moves forward in his journey.”
Thomas has 35 receptions for 563 yards and three touchdowns on the season. He played in all 11 of his team's games this season before being dismissed.
Miami, with a 6-5 record on the season, has just one game left - against Pittsburgh. The Hurricanes can improve their bowl resume with a victory.