The Times West Virginian

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March 5, 2011

Joe, Cam look back on WVU journey

MORGANTOWN — The images return in tidal waves of emotion to Joe Mazzulla and Cam Thoroughman, two of five West Virginia University seniors who will walk down the carpet for the final time before today’s noon Senior Day meeting with Louisville, forming a montage of images of their college careers.

It is a montage of happy moments and sad, good times and bad, time shared and time alone.

This montage is filled laughter and pain, with images of a plaster cast and bright sweater, of a squawking parrot and shell necklace. It tells a coming of age story, from fights with police to a day of bonding at a Pittsburgh water park.

It is a picture filled with the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat, all of it shared by Mazzulla and Thoroughman and the three other seniors who play their final home game — John Flowers, Jonnie West and Casey Mitchell.

“On the court we were there for a coaching change, an NIT championship, a Sweet 16, then losing in the first round, which was tough to get over, then the Final Four,” Joe Mazzulla said before practice on Friday. “I think we covered pretty much everything in college.”

They left behind, gaining an education, Mazzulla earning a degree in three and a half years to go with his Final Four ring, each holding a key to his future.

“I put myself in a good position on and off the floor to get some kind of job in basketball. I’m working on my master’s. I put it in God’s hands and let it go from here,” Mazzulla said.

Thoroughman has a semester and one summer class left to get his degree, then it is off into the real world where he will try to live life after basketball in the corporate world who, at 6-foot-7, may be the world’s tallest human resources employee.

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