Kalispell's Connor Thomas, who signed a national letter-of-intent to play football at Montana State University in the spring, was dismissed from the program by MSU head football coach Rob Ash on Monday.

Thomas' removal from the program stems from a violation of the University and Athletic Department code of conduct policies, MSU said in a press release.

MSU officials will have no further comment on the decision. Athletic director Peter Fields did not return a call from the Chronicle Monday afternoon. Ash is out of the country and unavailable for comment.

Thomas' release from his scholarship comes on the heels of being charged with two felony drug counts in Flathead County last week. Thomas is accused of selling brownies laced with marijuana at an all-night graduation party in Kalispell.

According to court records, two 17-year-old boys identified Thomas as the person who made and sold tainted brownies for $15 apiece the night of June 3. Six 17-year-olds, along with Thomas, were sent home from the party with their parents after showing symptoms that included confusion, hallucinations, increased heart rates, perspiration and garbled speech, police said.

Thomas told police officer Jason Parse he made the brownies and that he realized after making them, he put "way too much" marijuana in the brownies, court records said.

While at Flathead High in Kalispell, Thomas earned first team all-state honors in football as a junior, finished third in the state in wrestling and was the 2010 Class AA shot put champion. As a senior, Thomas was an honorable mention all-state pick in football, placed third in wrestling at state and placed fourth in AA in the shot put. He graduated with a 4.0 grade point average and was one of Flathead's valedictorian.

Thomas' older brother, Tyler, was dismissed from the Oregon State football team last summer after police found him naked and intoxicated in a stranger's home in Corvallis, Ore. Corvallis police were forced to use a stun gun to take the naked defensive lineman into custody. Tyler Thomas has joined the MSU football team and is expected to take part in fall camp.


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