After an “incredible” two years as West Virginia’s Mountaineer mascot, Jonathan Kimble passed the torch — or, in this case, the musket — to his successor at Saturday’s home men’s basketball game, when WVU shocked Big 12 champion Kansas.
But Kimble’s days as the Mountaineer don’t officially end until April 11. He’ll graduate with a master’s degree this spring and will go back to being a normal West Virginia fan.
“I’ve got about a month left, so I’m making the most of it,” Kimble said Monday, when WVU’s women’s hoops team played Baylor for the Big 12 tournament title inside Chesapeake Energy Arena.
After working the Kansas game Saturday in Morgantown, Kimble hopped on a flight to Oklahoma City early Sunday morning. But his connecting flight in Houston was delayed, so he made it to the arena just in time for the Mountaineer women’s semifinal game against Texas.
Tuesday morning, he’ll travel to Kansas City, Mo., for the Big 12 men’s tournament.
“It’s just the life of the Mountaineer,” Kimble said of the hectic traveling.
“The past two years have been incredible. I got to go to every single football stadium in the Big 12. We’ve been welcomed to the conference with open arms. It’s an honor to be in the Big 12.
“It’s definitely gonna be tough. I’m gonna miss waking up every morning and tailgating with 60,000 Mountaineer fans, but I’m gonna be screaming my heart out and sitting there in the stands with the rest of my friends.”