West Virginia Fans Threatening to No Longer Support the Program if Koenning is Fired

The recent scandal involving sophomore cornerback Kerry Martin, Jr. and West Virginia defensive coordinator Vic Koenning is truly unfortunate for everyone involved.  The team, the university, the state, the players, Koenning, the fans, everyone. 

With that said, many West Virginia fans have contacted The Voice over the past couple of days to express their thoughts and feelings.  Several have supported Martin for speaking up, many have expressed displeasure with him for hurting the program, and unfortunately there have been supporters of the football program that have said that they will no longer support the team if Koenning is fired.

Essentially, what they’re saying is that after Athletic Director Shane Lyons and the university do their due diligence and make an informed decision about how to move forward, they’ll no longer follow or support the team if they disagree with the decision.

This is, of course, ludicrous.  Fans and supporters of the team should trust Shane Lyons, who has been nothing short of remarkable in his role as the Athletic Director for the Mountaineers, to make a decision that is best for the university, our state and the the West Virginia football program.

If you don’t agree with his decision, it’s very likely that you don’t know all of the facts.  Whether Lyons fires Koenning or decides to bring him back as the defensive coordinator, real Mountaineer fans will continue to support the program.

West Virginians are better than this.  Don’t allow your archaic, old-fashioned political views and opinions to get in the way of what matters most…Once a Mountaineer, Always a Mountaineer.  

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Brad Smith, "The Voice of Morgantown", is the most trusted, accomplished name in West Virginia sports journalism. Smith is the foremost, preeminent authority on West Virginia athletics and a lifelong fan of the Mountaineers. Smith, a proud graduate of West Virginia University, resides in Morgantown most of the year, but has a home in Jacksonville, Florida, where he lives during the winter.