I received the following message from an individual who wishes to remain anonymous, but whose comments I trust.
Here is what I am hearing…
Kinsman Thomas is transferring to another school. There were problems with him getting into fights with other teammates.
English has given him numerous warning and is sick of the BS.. Some teammate are happy that Kinsman Thomas is leaving. There are other on the team who may also be on their last legs.
Kinsman Thomas comes from a rough area and was not accustomed to being told what to do and he kept pushing the line with EMU team-rules. There were a few fights that he gotten into and was involved with some off-field problems that English had to address pertaining to him.
The team is focused and committed to moving forward with the team. Coach English had to put up with player BS the past couple years and he is not doing it again this year. When English joined EMU as a coach, some players felt they had him over a barrel with the lack of good players and poor recruiting, he is not having it going forward. I think this is good for our fb program going forward.
I wonder if he actually has his transfer lined up. Devontae Payne seemed to think he was transferring, but he hasn’t surfaced anywhere that I can find. Thomas is a junior this year, so if he transfers to a Division I school he’ll have to sit out a year and then have just one year of eligibility left to play.
Also, I wonder if there were some on-field issues also. Things like a lack of effort, or maybe he was unhappy with English’s vision for the offense. A run-first program calls for receivers to frequently become blockers — EMU’s receivers have generally been very good at this so far in 2011 — and more contact means a higher risk of injury.
In any event, if he was as big a problem as this comment makes it seem (and this is not the only such comment I’ve heard about him), I’m glad he’s gone. EMU football is a program on the rise, and there’s no room for distractions or for prima-donna players. I have no ill-will toward Thomas — in fact, I hope he finds what he’s looking for — but I’m glad he’s gone.