Kentucky offensive line coach John Schlarman died Thursday after a prolonged battle with cancer. He was 45.

Schlarman was beloved by his players and fellow coaches. He served as an inspiration, given the way he continued working through his diagnosis of cholangiocarcinoma, a rare cancer of the bile ducts, more than two years ago. He rarely missed a practice, shuttling back and forth from Lexington to MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston to receive treatments.

Schlarman’s offensive lines were among the best in the SEC. They were semifinalists in 2016 and 2019 for the Joe Moore Award, which is given to the nation’s top offensive line.

“John was everything we all strive to be — honest, tough, fair, respected. Kentucky football won’t be the same without him but his legacy will never fade. He was a fighter and we will strive every day to honor his warrior spirit.” – HC Mark Stoops

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