Nebraska wide receivers coach Keith Williams has been suspended four games for a DUI arrest last week, the Huskers announced Friday.
In addition to missing the Huskers’ first four games — Fresno State, Wyoming, Oregon, at Northwestern — Williams will be suspended from team activities without pay through Aug. 31.
Williams will earn $400,000 this year, according to the Omaha World-Herald. This two-week suspension will cost him in the neighborhood of $15,000.
“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.”
He was arrested just before 2 a.m. Sunday morning after being involved in a car accident in downtown Lincoln. His blood alcohol content measured .150, nearly twice the legal limit. This was Williams’ third DUI arrest, but Huskers head coach Mike Riley said this week they were aware of Williams’ past arrests during the hiring process.
“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. 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.”
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