Multiple sources have refuted an online report that West Virginia head football coach Neal Brown lied to the media on Tuesday when he said that defensive back Kerry Martin, Jr. was sick.
Martin, Jr., entered the transfer portal on Wednesday morning, which was after Brown’s Tuesday press conference with the media. The online report quoted former Tennessee and WVU defensive lineman Darel Middleton as saying, “Don’t believe this stuff about Kerry being sick. He’s in the transfer portal with me.”
The report went on to say that Brown, “flat-out lied,” which the sources strongly disagree with. They indicated that Brown did not know Martin, Jr., was going to enter the portal when Brown met with the media on Tuesday at noon.
Martin, Jr., according to the sources, practiced last Monday and then reported in as sick Tuesday through Friday of last week and did not practice on those days. He did not travel with the team to Waco, Texas, for its game against Baylor this past Saturday.
Middleton, for his part, also entered the portal on Wednesday morning. In a social media statement, he indicated he had no problem with West Virginia or its coaches since transferring from Tennessee this summer. However, the same sources noted that Middleton was late on several occasions during his brief time at WVU and also missed multiple days of practice.