CRAWFORD | UK's Paschal diagnosed with malignant melanoma
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WDRB) -- It was supposed to have been a routine procedure. University of Kentucky standout defensive end Joshua Paschal had some skin lesions removed from a foot a couple of weeks ago.
Because of their location, UK head coach Mark Stoops thought he might be out for several weeks of preseason preparation. Nobody had any idea what they would hear next.
Stoops began Friday's annual media day with a somber tone, announcing that tests on those lesions revealed the presence of malignant melanoma. The sophomore is expected to begin treatment next week.
"Since those results came back, Josh had another procedure this past Wednesday, and we're waiting for those results to come back," Stoops said. ". . . Josh and his family are handling it well. They wanted to be open about this. . . . They also want this to be a reminder to people to play close attention to any changes in their skin."
Stoops also said that offensive line coach John Schlarman, "is also going dealing with a health issue. He is undergoing additional history to learn the nature of this issue. He is still coaching with us. Again, we wanted to be up front, and I will keep you updated on information as available."
In the case of Paschal, Stoops praised the team's training staff, which noticed the condition with the player's foot and treated it aggressively, and sent it off for testing as a precaution.
But his loss is a blow to the Wildcats, who expected Paschal to be a leader of the defensive unit after playing in all 13 games, including his first career start in the Music City Bowl.
"They're very strong and very good people," Stoops said. "The team will be supportive of them. It's been a tough couple of days in our program leading up to the beginning of camp. But our hearts and prayers are with Josh and John."
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