Mike Riley, administrators will make decision to keep or fire Keith Williams, Riley says
LINCOLN, Neb. – Nebraska coach Mike Riley was not scheduled to address the media on Monday, but spoke briefly after practice following wide receiver coach Keith Williams’ arrest on suspicion of DUI early Sunday morning.
“It’s one of those choices we talk about all the time that applies to all of us, not just players,” Riley said. “This is dangerous, dangerous stuff. People kill others, they kill themselves. It’s really, really a bad thing.”
Williams was arrested around 2 a.m. Sunday morning after he hit the back of an Uber car. The two parties exchanged information and the Uber driver called the cops after Williams appeared to be drunk.
Williams blew at .15 B.A.C., nearly twice the legal limit, when given a field sobriety test by Lincoln Police.
Williams was taken to Lancaster County Jail, where he remains as of Monday morning.
Williams has had two previous convictions for DUI related charges, one in 2009 and another in 2004. Riley said on Monday he and the Nebraska Athletic Department were aware of the convictions before hiring him and cleared him to coach.
In the mean time, Riley said both he and offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf helped with the receiving corps on Monday, along with graduate assistant Hardie Buck.
Riley said he hasn’t yet talked to Williams, but has spoken to Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst and a few other administrators about the next steps. Riley said there will be consequences for Williams’ actions, but did not say what they would be.
The decision to keep, fire, or suspend Williams will be a “team” decision, Riley said, referring to Eichorst and other administrators.
“This is an obvious mistake, a big mistake, a serious mistake,” Riley said.