West Virginia University guards Joe Mazzulla and Dalton Pepper were cited early Sunday morning by Morgantown Police for disorderly conduct and public urination, according to the Dominion Post.â†µ
“We are aware of the situation and the matter will be handled internally,” WVU coach Bob Huggins said in a statement to The Dominion Post Monday afternoon. Mazzulla and Pepper have the option of pleading guilty and paying a fine or contesting the citations in Morgantown Municipal Court. The minimum fine, according to the court, is $135, while the maximum is $535.â†µ
This is the third run-in with the law for Mazzulla, who is expected to contribute greatly next season as a senior guard. In 2008, he and teammate Cam Thouroughman were arrested while attending a Pittsburgh Pirates game. The next year, Mazzulla was arrested for domestic battery and suspended from the team for three months.â†µ
Pepper, a freshman guard who appeared in 30 games last season, is expected to be a major contributor to next year's squad. This is his first run-in with the law.â†µ
This is disheartening news, but not out of line with the behavior of all students in Morgantown (where I live) during their first weekend back on campus. Hopefully this is not an indicator of more things to come, as the Mountaineers will count on both players to make major contributions next season as WVU attempts to return to the Final Four.