West Virginia and defensive coordinator Vic Koening agreed separately, the school announced Wednesday, a month after Koening began investigating allegations of misconduct with players.
Safety Kerry Martin Jr. detailed a misunderstanding from Coining in a social media post on June 23, alleging that Koening had called him “retarded” during a team workout earlier that month, and for religion, politics and recent protests Has made inappropriate comments about. Casteism and police brutality.
Conning, who was placed on administrative leave following the allegations, issued an apology the day after Martin’s post. He repeated his apology again on Wednesday.
“I apologize to anyone, what I said or hurt anything was not my intention,” Koenning said in a statement. “I would like to thank all current and former players, coaches and co-workers – people of all different ethnic and backgrounds – whose support and encouragement is invaluable to me and my family.
“I’m relieved that the process is over, but will change from experience forever. Personally, I would love to come back to coaching my friends, but I know that doing so will add extra to our program Investigation and dull distraction will arise. ” Reflecting on this, we have come to this mutual decision to separate. ‘
Mountaineers coach Neil Brown said in a statement that deciding the way with Koenning “puts us in the best position to move forward positively.”
“Vic has done a lot in the last 18 months and for me personally, our time together at Troy University,” Brown said. “I know that Vick will have continued success as a coach. However, both Vick and I came to the conclusion that the current circumstances are challenging his role as defensive coordinator. At the end of the day, we all – Involve Vic. ” – What is the best for our program. “
Koenning will be paid $ 591,451 as part of a separate agreement – 55% of the remaining value for two years that remained on his contract.
He joined the West Virginia workforce in 2019 after working in the same role under Brown at Troy from 2015 to 2018. Koenning spent three seasons as head coach of Wyoming, and in 2011, Illinois was given an interim head-coaching role.