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Neal Brown releases statement about events yesterday within his program

Yesterday, a current player used his voice, via twitter, to express his displeasure with defensive coordinator Vic Koenning's actions.

In short, the player made a number of allegations calling Koenning's behavior unacceptable. The players high school coach subsequently directly refuted one of the strongest allegations.

Yesterday afternoon WVU AD Shane Lyons announced Koenning has been placed on administrative leave and an independent investigation has begun.

Last night WVU head coach Neal Brown issued the following statement:

Mountaineer Family, I come to you tonight sick about today's events.

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. I care deeply about everyone involved and have waited to speak publicly so that I could first speak with Kerry, Vic, the team, and our administration.

After speaking with Kerry, I took immediate action. Along with Shane and his team, we launched an independent investigation. I spoke with all parties involved, the defense as a unit and the team as a whole. I again emphasized to our team that our program culture will be one of acceptance, respect, tolerance and positive relationships. I stressed to our team and staff that we will be open and transparent throughout the University process.

I will refrain from further conversation or comment about these issues until the University process is complete. I ask everyone to be patient as we work through this process as quickly as possible. We will listen, learn and grow from this together, as a family, to become even more united.

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