Earlier this week, it was reported the Nebraska wide receivers coach Keith Williams had been arrested on DUI charges. The Cornhuskers wasted little time announcing his punishment and he will now be off the sidelines for the first four games of the season.
Williams was charged with DUI after he was involved in a two-car accident earlier this week.
Head coach Mike Riley released a statement on their decision to suspend the coach without pay until Aug. 31 and to keep him off the sidelines for the first four games on 2016.
“Based on the information we have gathered to date and after consultation with Shawn, Chancellor Green and President Bounds, I informed Keith yesterday that he is suspended from work without pay until August 31st. In addition to his suspension from work, Keith will be prohibited from attending and coaching in the first four games of the season. Keith has initiated counseling and he has pledged to assist the department, University and great community in educational and outreach efforts to prevent drunk driving. 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. Since his arrival in Lincoln, he has been an outstanding coach, mentor and leader, and I know that Keith will work hard to move beyond this incident and to regain the trust of those he has disappointed. We continue to educate our student-athletes throughout the year not only on the dangers of alcohol but also on the consequences of bad decision-making and I know that the events from this weekend will serve as powerful reminder of that lesson.”
Williams joined the Nebraska staff last season and is looking to be a big part of their staff into the future. However, it is going to be tough without him the first four games.
The Cornhuskers open the season on Sept. 3 against Fresno State. Keith Williams will be eligible to return for their Oct. 1 game against Illinois.
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