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BYU football: Despite misdemeanor charge, Cougar running back Jamaal Williams in good standing

By Brandon Gurney, Deseret News

Published: Tue, March 25 9:00 p.m. MDT

 BYU's Jamaal Williams runs the ball as Robertson Daniel (4) closes in on defense during practice at the Smith Fieldhouse on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.

BYU's Jamaal Williams runs the ball as Robertson Daniel (4) closes in on defense during practice at the Smith Fieldhouse on Wednesday, March 5, 2014.

(Matt Gade, Deseret News)

PROVO — BYU running back Jamaal Williams is in good standing in the Cougars' program, according to coach Bronco Mendenhall, who addressed the media following Tuesday's practice.

Reports surfaced over the weekend that Williams had been charged with possession of alcohol by a minor — a misdemeanor — but the star running back participated fully in practice Tuesday, just as he's done throughout spring camp.

Mendenhall said he learned of the issue long before it was known publicly and has already addressed it with Williams.

“Don’t know when, don’t know how (I heard it), but it’s been addressed so long ago between he and I that I really don’t intend to address it again,” Mendenhall said. “He’s in great standing in our program — was and is now and will be going forward.”

When pressed for more specifics, Mendenhall simply restated that it had been addressed.

BYE, BYE BUSBY: Mendenhall had high praise for BYU staffer Duane Busby, who is retiring as the Cougars' director of football operations after serving in the capacity for 18 years.

“You don’t replace him,” Mendenhall said when asked who will now fill Busby's spot. “(He’s) a personal friend, trusted advisor, (and) essential to our success over the last nine years. And to me personally, and Holly, he’s not replaceable. Duane is understated, so he asked me specifically not to make a big deal about it, so that’s as big a deal as I can make. But I’ll miss him.”

SATURDAY SCRIMMAGE: The football team will hold an open scrimmage for fans this Saturday at LaVell Edwards Stadium. A 40-minute kid's clinic will begin at 10 a.m. before the team starts scrimmaging at 11.

Mendenhall addressed what fans can expect from Saturday's function.

“There will be some scrimmaging,” Mendenhall said. “Most of our up-and-coming players will be the ones that will be tackling, but we plan on basically a format you see out there now with all of our team. So there will be some tackling, some thud and maybe some practice. I reserve the right through Thursday, based on injuries, etc., to even tweak it a little bit there.”

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1. sammyg
Springville, UT,
March 25, 2014

Much ado about nothing.

2. Y Grad / Y Dad
Richland, WA,
March 25, 2014

Pretty much as one could have predicted. Of course Jamaal already talked with Coach about it, and however serious, from zero to serious, it's been resolved as far as the Coach and the Honor Code are concerned. Not it is being resolved as a legal issue.

Those who opined that Jamaal should just be honest, and in the process implied that he wasn't, spoke out of turn. Again.

Can we move on now?

3. Floyd Johnson
Broken Arrow, OK,
March 25, 2014

Congratulations Duane! I wish you good health during your retirement.

4. I Bleed Blue
Las Vegas, NV,
March 25, 2014

Sounds like it has already been addressed. Time to move on.

5. Back Talk
Federal Way, WA,
March 25, 2014

Maybe this is the first example of the new practice for handling honor code accusations. BYU said that these things would be handled internally so lets trust them to do that. We can also be glad that this new practice will be better for the athletes involved.

There will always be critics so no just let them do what they do and "let it go" .