Mike Riley spoke about the Keith Williams situation after practice today, addressing the “800 pound gorilla in the room” as he called it. Riley didn’t say anything that was a complete surprise.
Mike Riley says Keith Williams went through backroad checks during hiring process and was cleared. Went forward as a normal employee.— Michael Bruntz (@michaelbruntz) August 15, 2016
No red flags during hiring process or obviously Williams would not have been hired.
Mike Riley still assessing Keith Williams situation. Not ready to determine consequences. NU did know of 2 previous DUIs.— Brian Christopherson (@HuskerExtraBC) August 15, 2016
The lack of red flags includes knowledge of two previous DUI convictions. It would be obvious to assume that since they’d occurred a while ago that they did not effect his potential status as an employee.
Riley says decision on action following investigation will come from athletic dept administrative level with input from himself as well.— Jeff Packer WOWT (@JeffPackerTV) August 15, 2016
If memory serves me correct (and it’s iffy sometimes these days) policy was changed after Tom Osborne kept Lawrence Phillips on the team so that the head coach didn’t have as much control over those decisions as they did in the past.
This is an area in which we’ve seen other programs get themselves intro trouble, i.e., Joe Paterno’s complete control at Penn State, Art Briles’ control at Baylor, to name a couple.
Riley said there will be consequences but he is not ready to discuss those at this point. Also mentioned intervention, education, etc.— Jacob Padilla (@JacobPadilla_) August 15, 2016
Another obvious point. If Williams stays in any capacity, there’s going to have to be some pretty tight guidelines on what he has to do. Those are to make sure he’s taking care of himself, but also gain the university and Williams the possibility of looking credible in what they’re doing.
Riley says Williams has been transparent about his past. "We were knowledgable about it...this was a big mistake. A serious mistake."— Michael Bruntz (@michaelbruntz) August 15, 2016
Here is audio of Mike Riley talking about Williams. Graduate Assistants Hardie Buck and Tavita Thompson will coach receivers in the interim.