Nebraska bans wide receivers coach Keith Williams after DUI arrest
Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter
Lincoln, NE, United States (4E Sports) – Nebraska has suspended wide receivers coach Keith Williams without pay until Aug. 31 after he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and careless driving.
Williams, who was cited following a traffic accident in Lincoln, Nebraska, has pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor charges and is scheduled to appear in court Oct. 24.
“The dangers of driving while under the influence are well documented and Keith’s conduct was reckless and potentially fatal,” Nebraska athletic director Shawn Eichorst said in a statement.
“He has acknowledged his failings and accepted responsibility. Keith is a well-respected and trusted member of the Husker Family and we will support him in the coming days and weeks to strengthen his life. It is my hope that he uses this incident as a turning point and as an opportunity to teach our student-athletes, staff and greater community about making the right decisions.”
With the suspension, Williams will miss the Cornhuskers ‘ first four games against Fresno State, Oregon, Wyoming and Northwestern.
According to Nebraska coach Mike Riley, Williams has started counseling and will assist the university in education and outreach about drunken-driving prevention.
The 45-year-old Williams, who is in second season at Nebraska, was previously convicted of DUI violations in 2004 and 2009.
In a statement, Williams expressed “deep regret” and “profound remorse” for the incident and apologized to Riley, Eichorst , Nebraska chancellor Ronnie Green and University of Nebraska president Hank Bounds.
“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,” Williams said.