WVU DC Vic Koenning Releases a Statement

Christopher Hall

On Tuesday, West Virginia safety Kerry Martin Jr voiced his concerns over defensive coordinator and safeties coach Vic Koenning's comments during team meetings and activities. 

Later in the day, West Virginia athletic director Shane Lyons released a statement that there would be an investigation into the matter and that Koenning was being put on administrative leave.

Then late Tuesday night, head coach Neal Brown released a statement on the situation, again emphasizing that "our program culture will be one of acceptance, respect, tolerance, and positive relationships."

Moments ago, Koenning released a statement on Twitter.

"I respect Kerry Martin's right to share that some of my words and actions impacted him. I care deeply for KJ and, when given the opportunity to speak to him directly, I am optimistic we can find common ground. In the interim, I want to offer my sincere apology to both KJ and the entire WVU Family.

"I never intended anything I said or did to offend or be insensitive. But KJ's Tweet reminded me that sometimes intent is not always clearly communicated. I've devoted the last 30 plus years of my life to serving young men through coaching. I've always tried to see things from the perspective of others. I'm not perfect - but I'm also no the person many on social media have painted me to be. I'm still learning every day and this is an opportunity for me to listen, learn, and improve.

"Over the past several days, some of our players have asked me why I haven't spoken out publicly against racism and social injustice. Coach Brown and our administration addressed those important issues on behalf of our program and I fully supported their messages - then and now. At the same time, I did not see the need to issue a separate statement. Again, I recognize that this only takes into account my perspective and not that of the players I am leading. Of course, I stand against racism and social injustice of any kind. I hope my players know that already, but I proudly say it now. There is no place for that any time, anywhere or any place.

"I look forward to fully cooperating with WVU's independent investigation by sharing what is in my hear ad getting the truth. I will have no further comment out of respect for that process. We will get through this together and be stronger as a team for it."

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Comments (4)
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PrincessP
PrincessP

Victim blameshaming WILL NOT make this go away.

BlessedWV
BlessedWV

By going public (tweeting) his grievances and not resolving the issues privately, KJ Martin did more to harm the entire WVU football program than anything DC Koenning said or did. Martin should transfer immediately and Koenning should continue to do his job.

PrincessP
PrincessP

"Common ground" like NOT spouting ignorant racially charged alt-wrong ideologies?
Vic is supposed to be a FOOTBALL COACH. Leave ALL that other stuff somewhere else. Periodt. Will HCNB do the right thing? We'll see.

Christopher Hall
Christopher Hall

Editor

I believe this will all be worked out. Martin said he was a good man but theres been some issues that overshadowed the good. I see this team and program becoming stronger after this