Nebraska wide receivers coach Keith Williams has been suspended without pay until August 31 and will not be allowed to coach the Cornhuskers for the first four games of the 2016 season, per head coach Mike Riley. The decision comes after Williams was involved in a two-car crash in Lincoln that resulted in a DUI citation.
Keith Williams, who reportedly now has three DUI-related offenses, will not be allowed to attend or coach the team during his absence. According to Riley, he's already initiated counseling for himself. He will also help the department in its efforts to prevent drunk driving. Here's Riley's entire statement:
"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."
School AD Shawn Eichorst also issued a statement on the matter.
Williams has been with Nebraska since the start of the 2015 season.
Update: Williams has issued an apologetic statement on the matter as well.
Williams will be eligible to return to coaching on October 1 when the Cornhuskers take on Illinois.