WVU’s Koenning Apologizes, Hopes For Common Ground

West Virginia defensive coordinator Vic Koenning (right) talks with defenders Sean Mahone (29) and Noah Guzman (19)
West Virginia defensive coordinator Vic Koenning (right) talks with defenders Sean Mahone (29) and Noah Guzman (19)

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.

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.




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  • #118637

    West Virginia defensive coordinator Vic Koenning, in a statement shared via Twitter Wednesday evening, offered an apology to Kerry Martin and the “ent
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    #118640

    This is a good first step. hopefully Martin shows good faith and accepts the invite to sit down and talk. To me talking to each other is the only way to solve this type of issue. But with an investigation started you just don’t know what else will come to light if anything.

    Would be a big step backwards to lose DC Vic Koenning and what he has already built. Hope it works out to where he is not asked to leave.

    #118647

    It’s a damn shame that between COVID and the mandated “voluntary workouts” minus direct coaching contact conspire to hinder what needs to happen here.  The team and coaches need to have a closed door talk session where cell phones and other devices are left outside the room and there is NO time limit on the length of the session.  A session where the agenda is simple – we come into this meeting with some divisions, but when we walk out of this meeting we will be united in both direction forward and in caring for one another.

    #118649

    Take warning folks.  Now, in this atmosphere of extreme sensitivity about race and “social justice”, traditional conservative and religious values are on the chopping block and painted as racist, intolerant, socially unjust, etc, etc,   It is not enough anymore to agree to disagree.  Now we are asked to drop the values that have made America the most free and most anti-racist nation anywhere, as well as the most prosperous and innovative country that has literally saved the world from the horrors of depotism.  Now we are asked to promote beliefs and behavior that will surely be the end of the American experiment as we know it.  Vic Koennig is unfairly on trial in the court of public opinion because of the words of a 20 year old kid who doesn’t agree with the coaches values.  He is emboldened by a movement that seeks prominence; not equity.  He not only has to apologize for what he is FREE to believe, but his work with kids of all races (mostly black) does not count.  The fact that he has mentored and promoted them in their young lives to be better in all that they do and all that they are, encouraging them to grow into manhood and be productive members of society…. doesn’t count.  The fact that KJ’s words were given credence right away, and the fact that Koennigs’s 30 plus years of mentoring has no credibility in the decision to put him on leave tells us that fairness and freedom are in short supply, and that freedom of speech and freedom of conscience (enshrined in our US Constitution) are now of no consequence.  You and I are not free to follow our conscience anymore; now we must bend the knee to how others view of the world… and if we do not agree and join in lockstep with them, and we refuse; it will cost us our livelihood and reputation.  This is a travesty, and I for one will not tolerate the INTOLERANCE of those who are forcing their philosophies in our face, including the very West Virginia University that I cherish, where I attained a degree in engineering that has given me the foundation of a successful career.  If this intolerance and unfairness continues against those of us who believe in the right of free speech and the right to follow our conscience according to our Constitution, then I will see to it that this University and anything associated with it receives none of my support; financially or in any other way.  And it pains me to say that for sure!!  The pervasiveness of this wave of intolerance is so vast and deep in our society, I doubt that this comment of mine will even see the light of day here on B&G News because its not “PC” with the times….

    good bye America… it was nice knowing ya….

    #118651

    BSAEWV,
    Koenning has every right to believe whatever he wants, and so does But his position of authority over a defensive back made his decision to thrust his religious beliefs on  Martin extremely questionable at best.  I do not believe that Koenning meant to put undue pressure on a player who may have a different faith, but he has now been informed that he did.  Hopefully, they can resolve this issue.  But to claim that Koenning is somehow being treated unfairly is premature at best.  I see also that you expected your comments to be censured  and that proved to be untrue.  Perhaps Christianity Is not as persecuted as you seem to believe.  Paranoia will destroy ya.

    #118652

    Ccteam don’t professors fit into the category of “ position of authority “?
    As they most certainly are do you apply the same rules to them? If so we probably need to investigate most of those employed by the university.

    #118657

    CC, didn’t  take long. Why the personal attack? And where was there any religious theme in BSAEW’s opinion piece? And could you inform we “outsiders” of exactly what were the  religious impositions the coach was imposing on the student-athlete, so we all know what you know! And lastly, I’m a proud Christian’

     

    #118658

    Well said BSAEWVU84.  WELL SAID.

    There is no reason to apologize for being a Christian, wanting a border, supporting rule of law, supporting the Constitution.

    You should never have to tiptoe around the PC crowd that calls you a racist because you have different views than they.  It’s a shame that the far left have such a voice on social media, in the press and network TV.  Soon we will wish this country were socialist instead of the fascist bent that they are spewing.

    I understand that this kid feels like he is being judged because of his color.   I had a lengthy talk with a black manager at work today and he is fed up with as he calls it “his people” constantly putting down young blacks and making them feel inferior. He thinks much of that is driven by people of color that constantly reinforce that with their children.  Interesting conversation with an older black man that grew up in a dirt floor house in MS.  Still married to his HS sweetheart.  Great family man but he tells you he was very strict with his kids.  Now he does better than most of us.  Not the outcome of a conversation that I expected.

    #118664

    Hello Mountaineers Fans,

    Being a believer in Jesus, I appreciate what BSAEWVU84 wrote…unfortunately Mountainerers fans, I totally agree with BSAEWVU84 and I have no choose, but stop my support! Jesus is the Answer!

    #118665

    I’m a Christian too.  Just think faith is a personal choice and people should be free of coercement in making that choice and further given Koenning’s position of authority he should be very careful about pushing his faith on others.  Alto, go back and read BSAE’ post again.  He brought up religion and traditional values.  Also, I didn’t threaten with hold  support of WV, he did.  I’m done on this issue.  Stated my piece and I am out.  Intolerance is in the eye of the beholder.

    #118679

    We understand this is a complex issue, and are thus allowing some latitude as to discussion of politics and religion in this thread. (Therefore, your prediction about your post is wrong, BAAE.)  We are not “PC”. We report on what is happening.

     

    #118680

    BSAEWV is absolutely right. I’m sick and tired of these 20 to 30 year old’s whining and  being offended by everything. YOU’RE a FOOTBALL PLAYER! Toughen up for goodness sake. I’m afraid it’s over for a great DC like Koenning. He’ll never regain the respect he needs to coach. He’s belittled himself by apologizing to a bunch of snowflakes. It looks like the inmates are running the asylum.

    BUTCHWVU

    #118684

    Not sure what the restrictions on politics and religions are in regards to opinions on this board? Were the latitude allowances you mention in BSAWE’s entry? If so, and not another person’s personal attack, then the coach-athlete and professor-student situations discussed might have another competitor !?

    #118685

    At 14 I was convinced how dumb my father was and then at 24 amazed at how much he had learned!

    #118689

    At 18 to 22 (college years) I was amazed at the insight that my sociology, psychology and other liberal arts teachers knew about how the world should be.  At 68 I am amazed that I thought those professors ideas would really work, really benefit people in the long run in a free world.

    #118701

    I totally agree!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    #118702

    Oh ye of little faith. The United States and western civilization has survived way worse things than we are currently experiencing. We will move forward just like we have always done. Every social change is not Armageddon. However, for those people pining for the good old days of 20+ years ago forget it. That ship has sailed. Social, demographic and technological change is going to happen whether we are ready for it or not. So we either adapt or get left behind. I do understand a lot of the previous comments. I am 63 years old and struggle with some of these things myself.

    #118706

    BSAEWV is absolutely right. I’m sick and tired of these 20 to 30 year old’s whining and  being offended by everything. YOU’RE a FOOTBALL PLAYER! Toughen up for goodness sake. I’m afraid it’s over for a great DC like Koenning. He’ll never regain the respect he needs to coach. He’s belittled himself by apologizing to a bunch of snowflakes. It looks like the inmates are running the asylum.

    BUTCHWVU

    Howard:  You’re on to one of the root causes here.  In my 69 almost 70 years, I’ve learned that if a person is “looking” to be offended, then by damn they will be.  All depends on your outward view in life – look for good, you’ll find it.  Look for trouble, you’ll find that too.  This generation raised by helicopter parents cannot deal with any adversity and have feelings more tender than you’re best girl’s you know what.

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