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Nebraska WR coach Williams arrested on DUI charge

November 28, 2014: A Nebraska helmet during a Big Ten Conference football game between the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Iowa Hawkeyes at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa. Nebraska beat Iowa in overtime, 37-34.
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Nebraska wide receivers coach Keith Williams was in jail Sunday after being arrested on suspicion of a third DUI offense.

Williams, who is in his second season on the Cornhuskers’ staff, was involved in a car accident at 1:50 a.m. Sunday in downtown Lincoln. According to a Lincoln Police Department accident report, Williams had a blood-alcohol content of .150 — nearly twice the legal limit. He was incarcerated in Lancaster County Jail.

Sgt. Kathy Phillips, a police department spokeswoman, said officers on the scene of the accident found in their records system that Williams had been convicted of two previous DUI charges.

“The Nebraska Athletics Department is aware of the incident involving Assistant Coach Keith Williams,” the statement said. “We will continue to gather additional information and will withhold further comment at this time.”

Williams is entering his second year as NU’s wide receivers coach after Mike Riley hired him away from Tulane in winter 2015. Earlier this year, Williams received a raise to $400,000 per year. Riley praised Williams, who also has been a strong recruiter, for his work with the Nebraska receivers last season.

Williams was the lead recruiter for two four-star receivers who have committed to the Cornhuskers’ Class of 2017 – Keyshawn Johnson Jr. and Jaevon McQuitty. Nebraska is also in the hunt for two five-star receivers who have yet to commit – Joseph Lewis and Tyjon Lindsey. Both are from the Los Angeles area.

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