Did Kerry Martin exhaust his options before going to Twitter?  

While we await West Virginia University’s findings from their investigation into Kerry Martin’s accusations against defensive coordinator Vic Koenning, Martin’s messages on Twitter seem to differ greatly from Head Coach Neal Brown’s response to the situation.

In Martin’s initial message, he said, “I have had meetings with Coach Brown himself about the mistreatment I have had from Coach Vic.”  In Brown’s response, he said, “Earlier today, Kerry Martin expressed his voice and he had every right to do so. I first learned about Kerry’s stated concerns via Twitter.”

Did Brown have conversations with Kerry Martin about Coach Vic’s behavior prior to his messages on Twitter?  That seems to be the question.  If in fact Coach Brown first learned about this situation through Twitter, it appears that there is a breakdown in communication between players and the coaching staff.  If Martin had spoken to Brown on multiple occasions as he claims he did, then Brown should have handled it immediately.

Martin has been called a liar and a baby and “soft” in the last week since speaking out against Koenning.  Martin claimed that his former high school said that Koenning had a “slave master mentality.”  Martin’s high school coach Jon Carpenter denied that he ever said that about Koenning and went on to say, “I told Neal Brown that if I knew it was going on I’d be the first person in the car driving up there to throw rocks through windows. I’m shocked because Vic Koenning has aggravated me to death since COVID started. Five or six phone calls to make sure Kerry is fed.”

Martin fired back on Twitter: “This is 100% not true. I came home after our spring semester was over and visited the high school and had a conversation with him about Coach Vic with Coach Carp. He told me how he had a great coaching mind but could see that in him by the way he talked.”

Speaking out against a coach is not easy.  It requires a lot of bravery, and Martin was obviously very thoughtful in his messages.  What exactly does Martin, a player that was a 3rd team freshman All American and on his way to a tremendous college career, have to gain from falsely reporting a coach?  Nothing.

In contrast, the coaching staff has a lot of gain from covering up the situation (or downplaying the claims) and even more to lose from the accusations being completely true.

Someone is lying.