West Virginia and defensive coordinator Vic Koenning have mutually agreed to different, the school introduced Wednesday, a month just after it commenced an investigation into allegations of Koenning’s mistreatment of gamers.
Protection Kerry Martin Jr. comprehensive the mistreatment that he obtained from Koenning in a social media publish June 23, alleging that Koenning termed him “retarded” all through a group exercise earlier that thirty day period and has manufactured inappropriate comments about religion, politics and the current protests in opposition to racism and law enforcement brutality.
Koenning, 60, who was put on administrative go away subsequent the allegations, issued an apology a working day after Martin’s post. He reiterated his apology again Wednesday.
“I stay apologetic to any one who perceived a thing I mentioned or did as hurtful. That was never ever my intent,” Koenning mentioned in a assertion. “I want to thank all the present-day and previous gamers, coaches and colleagues — of all various ethnicities and backgrounds — whose support and encouragement have been priceless to me and my loved ones.
“I am relieved the course of action is over but will be without end changed by the experience. Individually, I might enjoy to get again to coaching our fellas, but I know that doing so would produce added scrutiny and lingering distractions for our program. Having all this into consideration, we have come to this mutual decision to individual.”
Mountaineers mentor Neal Brown explained in a statement that the choice to section techniques with Koenning “locations us in the ideal position to positively shift forward.”
“Vic has meant a lot to this system around the previous 18 months and to me, individually, for our time collectively both of those here and at Troy College,” Brown reported. “I know that Vic will come across continued achievement as a coach. However, Vic and I the two achieved the summary that the existing instances make continuing in his purpose as Defensive Coordinator challenging. At the conclusion of the working day, we all — Vic incorporated — want what is best for our program.”
Koenning will be paid out $591,451 as section of a separation agreement — 55% of the remaining value for the two several years that remained on his agreement.
He joined West Virginia’s workers in 2019 right after doing work in the identical role less than Brown at Troy from 2015 to 2018. Koenning used 3 seasons as Wyoming’s head mentor and led Illinois in an interim head-coaching function in 2011.
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