West Virginia defensive coordinator Vic Koenning, in a statement shared via Twitter Wednesday evening, offered an apology to Kerry Martin and the “entire WVU family” for the impact some of his statements have had on the sophomore safety.
With time to reflect, some thoughts from my heart. pic.twitter.com/paRgbeVJK3
— Vic Koenning (@CoachVic_WVU) June 24, 2020
The statement was not issued by WVU, as were previous announcements from director of athletics Shane Lyons or head coach Neal Brown. Koenning was placed on administrative leave Tuesday afternoon by the school.
Martin’s statements, which came via Twitter earlier on Tuesday, and Koenning’s apology, have set off a storm of side-choosing between a number of fans and observers. Koenning, with his tweet, clearly hopes to bridge that gap, but more importantly, repair the damage that Martin suffered.
“Given the opportunity to speak to (Martin) directly, I hope we can find common ground,” Koenning said early in his four-paragraph statement, which he headlined as “some thoughts from my heart.”
Brown, in a letter to WVU fans on Tuesday and evening and a statement on Wednesday afternoon, reiterated that the school’s investigation into the matter would proceed as quickly as possible. Koenning promised to cooperate fully with that process.
Brown chose not to comment on any staff adjustments while Koenning is on leave. A number of players are working out voluntarily at WVU, but all meetings and interactions between the coaching staff and players continue to be held virtually.