Nebraska wide receivers coach Keith Williams was arrested early Sunday morning for suspicion of DUI after being involved in an accident, a Lincoln Police report confirmed Sunday.
The arrest is Williams’ third DUI related charge.
Beyond being the wide receivers coach, Williams is crucial in Nebraska’s recruiting effort, already helping sign 4-star receivers Keyshawn Johnson Jr. and Jaevon McQuitty.
On Saturday afternoon, 5-star wide receiver Joseph Lewis was visiting Nebraska and spoke with Williams after practice.
Some recruits Williams has interacted with took to Twitter to show support of the coach, including some 5-star prospects who haven’t signed anywhere yet.
They include: 4-star WR Tyjon Lindsey.
#FreeDUB it's more than football…
— Tyjon A. Lindsey ® (@tyjonlindsey) August 14, 2016
4-star CB/WR Brendan Radley-Hiles
— KING. (@Bookie_44) August 14, 2016
Radley-Hiles even explained why he tweeted the when someone questioned him for it:
No sir. I personally started the movement myself. My reasoning is because I know the true character of that man. ? https://t.co/FsWnMJuZiL
— KING. (@Bookie_44) August 15, 2016
Williams’ main enemy on the recruiting trail is Ohio State coach Zach Smith. Smith and Williams have gotten in spats on Twitter in the past and on Sunday, Smith took to Twitter to give his two cents on the situation.
I'm sorry… I just can't even… ?#Zone6 is busy getting ready to be the Best in America (on the Field… Not on Twitter)
— Zach Smith #Zone6 (@CoachZachSmith) August 14, 2016
As of Monday morning there has been no word on what kind of punishment there will be for Williams from the Nebraska Athletic Department.
Husker fans seemed split on whether or not the coach should be fired. They shared their thoughts on Twitter using the same hashtag.
#FreeDUB this guy deserves a chance to prove himself I hope we don't fire him I don't believe tht wud be right thing to do
— Swisha1k (@SwishaYung) August 15, 2016
#FreeDUB he is the best damn WR's coach in the nation! He made a mistake, he is human, everyone makes mistakes. Hopefully he can stay at NE!
— Alex Garcia™ (@alex_garcia68) August 14, 2016
#FreeDUB seriously might be the dumbest hashtag ever. The guy has gotten 3 DUIs. He doesn't deserve another chance.
— #USA (@CJBForHeisman) August 15, 2016
Nebraska practices at 9:30 a.m. Monday morning, but it’s unlikely Williams will be there since his initial hearing in Lancaster County Court is not until 2 p.m.