Tavion Thomas

Tavion thomas is transfering to a football program previously featured on the Netflix series, "Last Chance U."
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Last Chance U? Ex-Cincinnati RB Tavion Thomas annoucnes transfer to JUCO school

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Cincinnati running back Tavion Thomas announced back in November he would be entering the transfer portal to weigh his options for his football future. Today, a little more than two months later, Thomas has announced his next stop. Thomas confirmed with a statement on his Twitter account he will be attending Independence Community College in Kansas.

“Bless to say that I will be attending Indy for my red shirt sophomore year,” Thomas announced in his message on Twitter.

Independence Community College’s football program has been featured in two seasons of the hit Netflix series “Last Chance U.”

Thomas was a member of Cincinnati’s Class of 2018. After appearing in 10 games as a true freshman in 2018, Thomas played in four games for the Bearcats in 2019, allowing him to preserve a year of eligibility under the NCAA’s rules. Thomas has three years of eligibility remaining as a result. If he chooses to transfer to another FBS program after the 2020 season, he will then have two years remaining.

Thomas rushed for 689 yards and seven touchdowns over the past two seasons.

Cincinnati RB Tavion Thomas announces entry to transfer portal

Tavion thomas is transfering to a football program previously featured on the Netflix series, "Last Chance U."
Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images
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It turns out Cincinnati didn’t just lose an athletics director on Thursday. Running back Tavion Thomas took to Twitter to announce he too was about to be leaving Cincinnati behind.

In a somewhat tense-sounding tweet, Thomas confirmed his plan to transfer from Cincinnati.

Why Thomas says he is so “salty” is unknown, but it sure does seem as though he is looking to move on to take advantage of a fresh start, potentially with a chance to be a more featured player in an offense.

Thomas, a Dayton, Ohio native, was a member of Cincinnati’s Class of 2018. This season has seen Thomas appear in four games with 190 rushing yards and a touchdown for the Bearcats. Thomas appeared in 10 games as a true freshman, in which he accumulated 499 rushing yards and six touchdowns. Because Thomas has only appeared in four games this season, he can use the 2019 season as a redshirt season under the NCAA’s redshirt rule revised for last season. That will leave Thomas with three seasons of eligibility, although he will have to lose one of those seasons while sitting out the 2020 season if he transfers to another FBS program.