West Virginia football team coordinator D Vic Koenning go their separate ways

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West Virginia and defensive coordinator Vic Koenning have mutually agreed to go their separate ways, the school said on Wednesday, a month after opening an investigation into the allegations of Koenning’s abuse of players.Safety Kerry Martin Jr. detailed the mistreatment he received from Koenning in a June 23 social media post, alleging Koenning called him “retarded” during a team training session at the earlier this month and made inappropriate comments about religion, politics and recent protests against racism and police brutality.

Koenning, 60, who was put on administrative leave following the allegations, apologized a day after Martin’s post. He reiterated his apologies on Wednesday.

“I apologize to anyone who perceived something I said or did as offensive. It was never my intention, ”Koenning said in a statement. “I want to thank all current and former players, coaches and colleagues – of all different ethnicities and backgrounds – whose support and encouragement has been invaluable to me and my family.

“I am relieved that the process is over but will be forever changed by the experience. Personally, I would love to go back to training our guys, but I know it would create more scrutiny and lingering distractions for our program. Taking all of this into consideration, we came to this mutual decision to go our separate ways. ”

Mountaineers coach Neal Brown said in a statement that the decision to part ways with Koenning “puts us in the best position to move forward in a positive way.”

“Vic has meant a lot to this program over the past 18 months and to me, personally, for our time together here and at the University of Troy,” said Brown. “I know Vic will have continued success as a coach. However, both Vic and I have come to the conclusion that the current circumstances make it difficult to continue in his role as defensive coordinator. At the end of the day, all of us – Vic included – want the best for our program. ”

Koenning will receive $ 591,451 as part of a separation agreement – 55% of the value remaining for the remaining two years on his contract.

He joined the West Virginia staff in 2019 after working in the same role under Brown at Troy from 2015 to 2018. Koenning spent three seasons as the Wyoming head coach and led Illinois in a role. interim head coach in 2011.

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