West Virginia and defensive coordinator Vic Koenning have mutually agreed to different, the school introduced Wednesday, a month just after it started an investigation into allegations of Koenning’s mistreatment of gamers.
Protection Kerry Martin Jr. thorough the mistreatment that he been given from Koenning in a social media article June 23, alleging that Koenning known as him “retarded” throughout a crew work out before that month and has designed inappropriate reviews about faith, politics and the latest protests against racism and law enforcement brutality.
Koenning, 60, who was placed on administrative leave adhering to the allegations, issued an apology a day just after Martin’s write-up. He reiterated his apology yet again Wednesday.
“I continue being apologetic to any one who perceived a little something I mentioned or did as hurtful. That was never my intent,” Koenning stated in a assertion. “I want to thank all the existing and former gamers, coaches and colleagues — of all various ethnicities and backgrounds — whose assist and encouragement have been a must have to me and my family.
“I am relieved the system is above but will be eternally adjusted by the practical experience. Individually, I’d appreciate to get back again to coaching our fellas, but I know that carrying out so would develop supplemental scrutiny and lingering distractions for our plan. Having all this into consideration, we have occur to this mutual conclusion to individual.”
Mountaineers coach Neal Brown claimed in a assertion that the selection to component approaches with Koenning “areas us in the best situation to positively shift ahead.”
“Vic has meant a good deal to this system about the previous 18 months and to me, personally, for our time collectively equally right here and at Troy University,” Brown stated. “I know that Vic will discover ongoing achievements as a coach. However, Vic and I the two achieved the summary that the present-day instances make continuing in his job as Defensive Coordinator difficult. At the conclusion of the day, we all — Vic integrated — want what is most effective for our application.”
Koenning will be compensated $591,451 as portion of a separation settlement — 55% of the remaining price for the two many years that remained on his contract.
He joined West Virginia’s staff in 2019 after doing work in the identical purpose under Brown at Troy from 2015 to 2018. Koenning expended 3 seasons as Wyoming’s head mentor and led Illinois in an interim head-coaching function in 2011.