Morgantown, West Virginia – In response to records requests concerning the departure of former defensive coordinator Vic Koenning, West Virginia University not-shockingly found a way to prevent it and to continue to sweep it under the rug.
Back in late June, Koenning was accused by sophomore defensive back Kerry Martin of making him feel uncomfortable with his words and pushing religion on him. Martin listed several incidents involving Koenning, one of which included him using the word “retarded” towards Martin after he made a mistake during summer workouts in 2019, and another describing him openly debating the protests going on around the country with the student athletes.
West Virginia University will never reveal precisely why he was let go. Their policy of hide, evade, deceive and sweep under the rug is a huge part of the athletic department. They don’t owe us anything, they believe, and they won’t ever tell us anything. It doesn’t matter if we’re the very people that support and pay for their programs to operate.
While it’s previous obvious what happened, the public, particularly donors and supporters of the program, deserve to know why he was dismissed. However, in true West Virginia University fashion, they decided to cover up the incident, citing the Family Right and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA).
The point is, it would be far easier to simply explain what happened and move on. This secrecy is simply unacceptable and completely unnecessary. A coach lost his job and we have no idea why. What exactly is West Virginia University hiding?
— Brad McElhinny (@BradMcElhinny) September 15, 2020