Kansas bans Wil­liams af­ter as­sault ar­rest

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS - By Dave Skretta AP Sports Writer

LAWRENCE, KAN. (AP) >> Kansas run­ning back Pooka Wil­liams was sus­pended by the Jay­hawks on Fri­day af­ter his ar­rest on sus­pi­cion of do­mes­tic bat­tery, the same day the star fresh­man was cho­sen Big 12 new­comer of the year.

Wil­liams, whose given name is An­thony Ray Wil­liams, was in­volved in a phys­i­cal con­fronta­tion at a Lawrence apart­ment com­plex Thurs­day, univer­sity po­lice said in a state­ment. The woman re­ported mi­nor in­juries, and the in­ci­dent re­port in­di­cates that she sus­tained in­juries from bod­ily force.

Wil­liams was in­ter­viewed later Thurs­day and ar­rested at the univer­sity pub­lic safety of­fice. He was due in court later Fri­day, and his case has been for­warded to the Dou­glas County Dis­trict At­tor­ney.

Coach Les Miles, who was hired just two a cou­ple weeks ago, said in a state­ment that Wil­liams had been sus­pended from all team ac­tiv­i­ties pend­ing fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“We are tak­ing these al­le­ga­tions very se­ri­ously,” Miles said. As­so­ciate ath­letic di­rec­tor Jim Mar­chiony said the ath­letic depart­ment had no ad­di­tional com­ment.

Wil­liams was a four-star prospect from Boutte, Louisiana, who emerged as a star dur­ing his first sea­son in Lawrence. He ran for 1,125 yards and seven touch­downs af­ter miss­ing the opener amid ques­tions about his el­i­gi­bil­ity, and he added 289 yards and two touch­downs through the air.

His best per­for­mance came in a 55-40 loss at Ok­la­homa, where Wil­liams ran for 252 yards and two touch­downs on just 15 car­ries. He also threw a touch­down pass in the game, be­com­ing one of three fresh­men in Big 12 his­tory with TDs run­ning, pass­ing and re­ceiv­ing in the same sea­son.

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