Man who plays West Virginia mascot arrested for DUI, won't be at OSU game

Clemons was arrested early Friday. (Getty)
Clemons was arrested early Friday. (Getty)

The man who typically plays the West Virginia mascot at football games won’t be in attendance on Saturday.

Per the Dominion Post, Troy Clemons was arrested early Friday on suspicion of DUI. He failed sobriety tests and had an alleged blood alcohol content of 0.126.

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.”

The tradition of a student dressing up as a Mountaineer mascot started in 1927 and nearly 70 students have been the school’s mascot.

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