WVU AD Shane Lyons places DC Vic Koenning on administrative leave; Start the investigation

West Virginia University Athletic Director Shane Lyons released a statement regarding the accusations of abuse and racism that sophomore safety Kerry Martin brought against defensive coordinator Vic Koenning earlier Tuesday.

“I want to thank Kerry Martin for having the courage to voice her concerns,” Lyons said in a statement. “We will not tolerate any form of racism, discrimination or prejudice on our campus, including our athletic programs.”

Lyons announced that Koenning would be placed on administrative leave and an investigation into Martin’s allegations would be conducted.

“Coach Vic Koenning has been placed on administrative leave effective immediately, and the department will work with the appropriate parties to fully investigate these allegations. This is serious, and we will act appropriately and in the best interest of our student-athletes.

Martin alleged that Koenning antagonized players about their religious beliefs, made references to insulting players for mental illness, and made derogatory comments about Hispanics and protesters, among other things.

Martin brought the matter to light in a tweet earlier Tuesday morning. In the tweet, Martin called for a change to be made to the WVU schedule and concluded by saying, “I haven’t told anyone else this…because I didn’t want to bring negativity to the schedule but with all this is happening and for him to continue to act that way and feel okay saying what he said is not acceptable. Enough is enough.”

The 2019 season was Koenning’s first as WVU’s defensive coordinator, coming with new head coach Neal Brown from Troy University last offseason.

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