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Vic Koenning, West Virginia Football Agree to Separate

NCAA Football: Oklahoma State at West Virginia

One month after West Virginia put defensive coordinator Vic Koenning on leave, the program announced that Vic Koenning and the university have mutually agreed to part ways.

About a month ago, West Virginia safety Kerry Martin Jr. took to Twitter to make allegations that Koenning was mistreating the players and made racist remarks, while also bringing in religion and politics into conversations with players.

Koenning would go on to “sincerely apologize”, but it was not enough to keep his job in Morgantown.


The press release stated that Koenninig still had two years and $1,074,059 remaining on his contract, but the separation agreement will have West Virginia pay Koenning $591,451 over the next 19 months. 

Head coach Neal Brown said about the move: “As I’ve stated previously, I care deeply about Vic and every player, coach, staff member, and administrator who touches our program. This decision was not made lightly and both parties agree that it places us in the best position to positively move forward. Vic has meant a lot to this program over the past 18 months and to me, personally, for our time together both here and at Troy University. I know that Vic will find continued success as a coach. However, Vic and I both reached the conclusion that the current circumstances make continuing in his role as Defensive Coordinator challenging. At the end of the day, we all – Vic included – want what is best for our program.” 

According to MountaineerMaven, defensive line coach Jordan Lesley is expected to be promoted to defensive coordinator.

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