Nebraska announces Keith Williams will be suspended
Keith Williams will indeed be suspended.
Nebraska announced that the wide receivers coach, who was charged with a misdemeanor DUI and careless driving over the weekend, will be suspended without pay through Aug. 31 and he won’t be allowed to coach in the first four games of the season.
“Words cannot fully express my deep regret and profound remorse for my actions this past weekend,” Williams said in a statement. “I want to apologize to my family, the Nebraska family, the young men in our football program, Coach Riley, Shawn Eichorst, Chancellor Green and President Bounds for any harm that I may have caused this phenomenal institution. Over the coming weeks, I plan to begin to make amends and to engage in personal counseling to assist in my journey.
“I understand there is no room for error for me at Nebraska and I am going to work hard every day to prove that I am worthy to represent the Huskers.”
It marked the third time that Williams was charged with a DUI. His two previous violations were cleared by Nebraska’s human resources department before he was hired in 2014.
Williams pleaded not guilty, and his next court date is Oct. 24.
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Nebraska coach Mike Riley said that Williams will be getting counseling to help with his problem.
“Keith has initiated counseling and he has pledged to assist the department, University and greater community in educational and outreach efforts to prevent drunk driving,” Riley said in a statement. “This has been a very difficult week for Keith, for his family, for our football program and for our Husker community. Keith has admitted his error in judgment and completely recognizes the harm that he could have caused with his reckless actions.”
That means Williams will be away from the sidelines until Oct. 1, when Illinois comes to Lincoln for homecoming. Nebraska is expected to host a bevy of top-flight 2017 recruits for the Sept. 17 game against Oregon, but Williams will not be allowed to be on the field for that contest.
Williams has been an integral part of the Huskers’ West-Coast recruiting movement since coming to Nebraska as a member of Riley’s staff.
But Nebraska said it didn’t make any exceptions to its off-the-field conduct policy for one of its top coaches.
“The seriousness of the allegation against Keith cannot be overstated and we must hold our student-athletes, coaches and staff accountable for their actions,” Nebraska athletic director Shawn Eichorst said in a statement. “The dangers of driving while under the influence are well documented and Keith’s conduct was reckless and potentially fatal. He has acknowledged his failings and accepted responsibility.”