The rumors of Josh Lambert‘s demise in Morgantown have officially come to fruition.
Early Tuesday afternoon, Dana Holgorsen confirmed that Lambert is no longer a member of his football team. No reason for the divorce was given.
“He’s had a great career, he has his degree,” said the Mountaineers head coach. “We wish him the best moving forward. I won’t comment on it other than that.”
The kicker had been suspended for the first three games of this season after he reportedly violated conference eligibility rules. He also missed all of spring practice because of a suspension.
In his first — and only, as it turned out — game back from the suspension, Lambert connected on one of his two field goal attempts. After that Oct. 1 game, Holgorsen was highly critical of the senior kicker.
“(Lambert) needs to get back into the swing of things,” Holgorsen said. “He didn’t look like he had that pop he had last year. He was thinking too much. He was too slow. He took a delay of game and then he looked like crap kicking the ball. …
“I didn’t like what I saw out of Josh. Josh has got to improve. He knows that. He was a little rusty. He’s won us games. He’s been a great kicker. He’s just got to get better. I don’t care what position it is… get better or get replaced.”
In 2014, Lambert was a finalist for the Lou Groza Award. In his three years as the Mountaineers’ placekicker, Lambert has connected on 69-of-91 field-goal attempts and led the team in scoring all three seasons. Entering the 2016 season, Lambert was second in school history in made field goals, third in career points (337) and fifth in made extra points (133).
Mike Molina replaced Lambert during the suspension and has hit on 5-of-6 field goals and 14-of-14 extra point attempts.