Tuesday started with allegations and ended with a response from the Mountaineers’ head football coach. A lot happened in between as well.
WVU sophomore defensive back K.J. Martin posted a Tweet Tuesday morning, alleging a number of issues within West Virginia’s football program that he viewed as inappropriate. Most Martin’s problems involved WVU defensive coordinator Vic Koenning. Martin took offense to Koenning’s comments in terms of a wide range of topics from religion to politics to recent civil protests and more.
West Virginia’s director of athletics Shane Lyons released a statement Tuesday afternoon about Martin’s concerns. Lyons also announced at that time that Koenning was being placed on administrative leave effective immediately in order “to conduct a thorough investigation into these allegations.”
Then later Tuesday night, WVU head coach Neal Brown released his own letter addressing the situation:
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A Letter From Neal Brown
I come to you tonight sick about today’s events.
Earlier today, Kerry Martin expressed his voice and he had every right to do so. I first learned about Kerry’s stated concerns via Twitter. I care deeply about everyone involved and have waited to speak publicly so that I could first speak with Kerry, Vic, the team, and our administration.
After speaking with Kerry, I took immediate action. Along with Shane and his team, we launched an independent investigation. I spoke with all parties involved, the defense as a unit and the team as a whole. I again emphasized to our team that our program culture will be one of acceptance, respect, tolerance, and positive relationships. I stressed to our team and staff that we will be open and transparent throughout the University process.
I will refrain from further conversation or comment about these issues until the University process is complete. I ask everyone to be patient as we work through this process as quickly as possible. We will listen, learn and grow from this together, as a family, to become even more united.