BREAKING: WVU, Koenning mutually part ways

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Vic Koenning is no longer the defensive coordinator for WVU football.

In a statement Wednesday morning, WVU Athletics announced it has agreed to mutually part ways with Koenning, who was placed on administrative leave last month after safety Kerry Martin alleged that the coach made repeated insensitive remarks during practices and meetings.

Koenning came to West Virginia in 2019 after previously working with head coach Neal Brown at Troy. According to WVU, he had two seasons remaining on his contract at a value of $1,074,059. The separation agreement from WVU calls for Koenning to be paid $591,451 over the next 19 months.

WVU athletic director Shane Lyons, along with Brown and Koenning, released the following statements:

WVU Director of Athletics and Associate Vice President Shane Lyons:

“This mutual separation is in the best interest of our football program. Coach Brown and I have set high expectations for our coaches, staff and student-athletes, and it is that culture that will allow us to compete for championships. We are moving forward as a program and our coaches, staff and student-athletes have my complete confidence and support.”

WVU Head Football Coach Neal Brown:

“As I’ve stated previously, I care deeply about Vic and every player, coach, staff member, and administrator who touches our program. This decision was not made lightly and both parties agree that it places us in the best position to positively move forward. Vic has meant a lot to this program over the past 18 months and to me, personally, for our time together both here and at Troy University. I know that Vic will find continued success as a coach. However, Vic and I both reached the conclusion that the current circumstances make continuing in his role as Defensive Coordinator challenging. At the end of the day, we all – Vic included – want what is best for our program.” 

Coach Vic Koenning:

“I remain apologetic to anyone who perceived something I said or did as hurtful. That was never my intent. I wish to thank all the current and former players, coaches and colleagues – of all different ethnicities and backgrounds – whose support and encouragement have been invaluable to me and my family. I am relieved the process is over but will be forever changed by the experience. Personally, I’d love to get back to coaching our guys, but I know that doing so would create additional scrutiny and lingering distractions for our program. Taking all this into consideration, we have come to this mutual decision to separate. I will always be grateful for the relationships formed with so many players, coaches and WVU supporters. I am not done coaching. I remain passionate about leading young men and look forward to the next coaching chapter in my life. I wish nothing but the best for all Mountaineers.”

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