Koenning has decided that leaving Clemson after one year isn't the right thing to do and as a result, he told Texas A&M coach Dennis Franchione that he is taking his name out of the running for the defensive coordinator position available with the Aggies.
"I feel an obligation to Tommy," said Koenning, who was never officially offered the job at Texas A&M. "When I was a head coach, I hired a couple of guys and they left right after that and then there were a couple of others that left a year after I hired them and I felt like that it really set me back. I don't want to do that Tommy. I wouldn't want to do the same thing that happened to me to somebody else."
In one year with the Tigers, Koenning took an inexperienced and young defense and turned them into one of the hardest defenses in the nation to score against. Clemson's rank of 16th in the nation scoring defense is the first time in Bowden's tenure that rank has been below 20.
The only way Koenning could end up in College Station is if he was given an offer he couldn't refuse. Such an offer would have to be close to $500,000, which is unheard of for a coordinator's position.
Koenning and Bowden came to an agreement in principal that would increase his base salary of $175,000 and potentially add more guaranteed years to his contract. It still has to be approved by athletics director Terry Don Phillips.
By removing his name from contention for the defensive coordinator position, Koenning is turning down a raise of double his salary and adding more years to a guaranteed contract.
He is also walking away from a chance to work with an old friend in Franchione and his cousin, Les Koenning, who is the offensive coordinator for the Aggies. Just about every member one of Vic Koenning's relatives lives within a few hours of College Station.
"Everybody has to stand for something, and I want to stand for what's right," Koenning said. "My morals and beliefs in doing the right thing is extremely strong and I want to make sure I do right by Coach Bowden and Coach Fran."
Clemson's national rank in scoring defense under Tommy Bowden
Year – Rank (ppg)
2005 – 16 (18.3)
2004 – 29 (20.8)
2003 – 20 (19.2)
2002 – 62 (26.8)
2001 – 79 (28.6)
2000 – 23 (19.3)
1999 – 33 (21.5)