Jeff Thomas, the electrifying former Miami Hurricanes recipient, who was dismissed from the Thanksgiving Week team, has been interested in the University of Miami by returning to school, two sources said Saturday.
Coach Manny Diaz will decide if Thomas will return, and it is unclear what that decision will be.
A player of last year's team said he was left with the impression that Thomas will return to the team. But it is unknown if Diaz has authorized it.
It is believed that Thomas had no legal or other problems that would prevent him from returning if UM chose to bring him back.
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After leaving UM, Thomas from East St. announced Louis said he would join Illinois, but it is unclear whether he has ever signed up.
If he returns, he would have two years remaining eligibility but would be entitled to enter his name in the NFL Draft after the next season.
A player of last year's team said Thomas and UM parted partly, partly because he was dissatisfied and partly because he was home. But now the idea of returning to the UM goes to him according to the sources.
When Thomas was dismissed from the team, coach Mark Richt said in a statement: "We have high standards of excellence, conduct and commitment to stay together for all the young men who wear our uniform and we will not wander off These standards. We want Jeff the very best when he moves forward on his journey.
A player said earlier that Thomas did not attend the meetings the week he was dismissed and angered the staff UM had bowed to the first two series of the previous weekend's fight on November 17 against Virginia Tech, because UM wanted to keep him responsible for not taking care of business from the court.
Thomas wrote nearly four hours after his dismissal own statement on Twitter.
"As for the situation with me," wrote Thomas. "I didn't kick the team out of how bad it sounds. I came to an agreement with my Head Coach to leave the program to improve my future life and family life. I couldn't thank this program for how much they've done for me, and the things I've done on the pitch are my way of respecting the program. Much love!! #BeatPitt. "
By Saturday, Thomas had removed all names from Fighting Illini from his Twitter profile and deleted the original statement he sent.