The 2018 Kentucky football season begins with unfortunate news. Mark Stoops opened Kentucky football media day by announcing that defensive end Josh Paschal and offensive line coach John Schlarman are dealing with significant health issues.
Last week Paschal had skin lesions removed from the bottom of his foot. At the time, doctors expected that to resolve the issue. Instead it revealed that Paschal had malignant melanoma. The sophomore defensive end had another procedure performed on Wednesday. The results are pending.
Schlarman is currently undergoing further tests for an undisclosed health issue. He will continue to coach, but may be absent from time to time. Stoops did not wish to speculate how much time Schlarman could potentially miss.
Obviously, it’s not news anybody is happy to share to start a season. The air was sucked out of the room as Stoops spoke with a heavy heart.
“Our hearts and prayers are with Josh and John as they battle this issue,” Stoops said. “We’re very close to both of their families and spent time with both of the families this week. We will continue to be supportive and be family and be for them in any way we can.”