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Kentucky assistant coach John Schlarman has passed away

The UK football team suffered a tragic loss this morning as assistant coach John Schlarman lost his battle with cancer.

Schlarman, who was last seen publicly in the UK locker room after the Wildcats defeated Tennessee, has been battling cancer for two years.

He was 45.

LEXINGTON, Kentucky – John Schlarman, assistant coach for the University of Kentucky football team and an All-Southeastern Conference offensive lineman during his playing days at UK, died Thursday following a two-year battle with cancer. He was 45.

“I’m heartbroken to learn about the passing of my friend, John Schlarman,” said UK head coach Mark Stoops.