Friday, May 1, 2009

Joe Mazzula Done At WVU

Where Joe Mazzula goes, baggage and trouble seems to follow.

First, Mazzula's antics tarnished his reputation.

Now, the talented but troubled guard's latest off-the-court shenanigans have cost him his position on Bob Huggins' West Virginia men's basketball squad.

Mazzula was originally involved in a wild brawl with police officers at a Pittsburgh Pirates game over the summer. Mazzula and teammate Cam Thoroughman were arrested and instantly made headlines during college basketball's dead period.

Mazzula's latest law-encounter has sparked a sudden end to his short stay at West Virginia, where the once highly-touted prospect out of Rhode Island never seemed to pan out.

Aside from a solid game against Duke (one where he packed the stat sheet) in the 2008 NCAA tournament, Mazzula never really left his fingerprints.

Last week, Mazzula was arrested on charges of domestic battery.

The 20-year-old allegedly grabbed a woman by the neck at the Lazy Lizard bar on High Street in Morgantown, WV.

Reports stating that Mazzula had been living with the woman have surfaced.

Friday, Mazzula was arraigned by a Monongalia County magistrate on the charge. The news was first reported by the West Virginia student paper, The Daily Athenaeum.

Mazzula played just seven games in 2008-09, his season cut short due to surgery on his left shoulder.

After going under the knife in February, Mazzula has now felt the long, sharp blade of the law.

"Bob Huggins just kicked Joe Mazzula off the WVU basketball team FOREVER," as it was reported on http://www.wvmountaineersports.com/.

The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Mazzula averaged 5.6 points and 3.7 assists this season.