WVU Defensive Coordinator Is Out After ‘Insensitive Remarks’ Allegations

West Virginia defensive coordinator Vic Koenning has left the school after mutually agreeing with AD Shane Lyons that it would be best if he went his separate way after players alleged that Koenning had made “insensitive remarks” that they didn’t like.

Kerry Martin Jr., a sophomore safety who made four starts for the Mountaineers in 2019, alleged this week that Koenning had “antagonized” one player over religious beliefs and that there were rumblings of a “slave master” mentality that Martin had heard of through conversations with his high school coach who had been in contact with Koenning on the recruiting trail. Martin went on to allege that Koenning had recently turned his attention to protests and riots, allegedly saying, “if people did not want to get tear-gassed, or push back by the police then they shouldn’t be outside protesting.”

Koenning, 60, had spent the last decade moving between jobs at West Virginia, Troy, North Carolina and Illinois. He issued an apology this week after Martin released his concerns with Koenning. Martin did add in his statement that “No, coach Vic is not a bad person and he does mean well in many aspects but his heinous actions towards us over rules the good things he has done and many of us are uncomfortable with being around him.”

The defensive coordinator had two years left on his contract and will be paid $590,000 as part of the mutual separation agreement with the school.

Written by Joe Kinsey

I'm an Ohio guy, born in Dayton, who roots for Ohio State and can handle you guys destroying the Buckeyes, Urban Meyer and everything associated with Columbus.

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  1. I genuinely feel bad for coaches dealing with players of today, who can’t handle any kind of criticism. When it happened before, that player was gone. Now, they have the power because the internet kowtows to them.

  2. I attended the same high school as Kerry Martin (years before) and I am know exactly where he grew up. Let’s just say although it’s West Virginia, Charleston is the capital city and the high school, Capital High, is the feeder school for the poorest kids from the poorest projects. I played baseball, basketball, ran track and a little football in junior high and high school with lots of kids from the projects so I know the students that attend Capital High are from difficult backgrounds and are tough. For Martin to be so offended that he wanted Koening fired is nonsense. I am sure Martin has heard worse from his peers on a daily basis. Coaches aren’t allowed to coach hard anymore. In 5-10 years coaches will just be babysitters. I am sure as long as Coach Koennig has been around college football he would never say “get in the house and go to the meeting” in a way that means anything other than go to the meeting. One day a boss will say something similar to these kids, what will they do then? Finally, the high school football coach at Capital claimed he never told Martin that Koennig had a “slave mentality.” This bothers me to the core as WVU is my alma mater twice over and I hate bad publicity.

    • That’s the first thing that caught my eye: “everybody get in the house and upstairs to the meeting”… I’m not sure how that can be construed as coach thinking they are his property. And 100% agree. Moving forward coaches are not going to be able to do their jobs effectively w/o the risk of losing their jobs or players transferring out at the first sign of potential conflict.

  3. It is really hard to read what that that kid wrote after reading a Jason Whitlock column. That was like eating a tender filet then biting into a week-old McDonald’s cheeseburger. WVU should be more ashamed of one of their student’s writing skills than their football coach’s behavior.

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