With the Mountaineers getting ready for Oklahoma State on Saturday, one person got the party started a little too early. That person is the Mountaineer mascot Troy Clemons, who according to the Dominion Post, was arrested early Friday morning for driving under the influence.
Clemons was stopped by a Monongalia County Sheriff’s deputy for speeding. Clemons then failed his field sobriety tests. He went on to blow a .126 BAC on a breathalyzer test. After being arraigned, he was released on a personal cognizance bond later on in the morning.
Clemons is a graduate student majoring in business administration. He’s the 64th Mountaineer mascot in the university’s history, and has held the role since the 2016 season.
The school issued a statement Friday afternoon that said Clemons won’t be on the sideline for the Mountaineers’ game vs. Oklahoma State.
“West Virginia University is aware of this morning’s arrest of Troy Clemons, currently the Mountaineer Mascot, for speeding and misdemeanor driving under the influence,” the statement said. “While the Mountaineer Mascot Advisory Council gathers and reviews all the facts, Troy will not participate in any Mascot-related duties or appearances, including the events surrounding Saturday’s football game. As the alternate Mountaineer, those duties will be handled by Trevor Kiess, a junior accounting major minoring in pre-law and legal studies from Elkins. In addition to any legal outcomes, Troy — as any other WVU student — will be subject to appropriate student conduct proceedings.”