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Neal Brown on Koenning Allegations: ‘I come to you tonight sick about today’s events’

NCAA Football: West Virginia at Baylor

On Tuesday night, West Virginia football announced it had put defensive coordinator Vic Koenning on leave due to alleged misconduct from a player.

Well on Tuesday night, head coach Neal Brown responded to the allegations with a statement of his own.

Brown wrote, “Mountaineer Family, I come to you tonight sick about today’s events. After speaking with Kerry, I took immediate action. Along with [Director of Athletics] Shane [Lyons] 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.” Brown continued, “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.”


Brown added that the statement would be his last until the investigation was complete. “I ask everyone to be patient as we work through this process as quickly as possible,” he concluded. “We will listen, learn and grow from this together, as a family, to become even more united.”

Defensive back Kerry Martin Jr.’s allegations include offensive insults about people with intellectual disabilities after Martin made mistakes during practice, supporting President Trump’s wall along the Mexico border, pressure applied to Martin after he changed his religion, and comments regarding the recent protests that have taken place around the country.

Koenning was with Coach Neal Brown at Troy from 2015-2018 and joined the new staff in West Virginia last season.

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