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Sporting News: Les Miles addresses Pooka Williams at Big 12 Media Days, stands by one-game suspension

Sporting News: Les Miles addresses Pooka Williams at Big 12 Media Days, stands by one-game suspension

Kansas running back Pooka Williams Jr. (1), here running away from Oklahoma defenders in a 2018 game in Norman, was removed from the team for seven months and will receive a one-game suspension for his role in a 2018 domestic violence case. (AP Photo/Alonzo Adams, File)

ARLINGTON, Texas — New Kansas coach Les Miles got in front of the question before anyone could ask it.

“There is no proper way to put it,” Miles said Monday during his time on the podium at Big 12 Media Day. “There is no violence — violence will not be accepted with women. Period.”

KU running back Pooka Williams, a preseason first-team media selection on the 2019 All-Big 12 team and a 1,125-yard rusher last season, was reinstated last week after a 7-month suspension following a domestic violence charge.

Miles anticipated the question and addressed it in his opening comments.

“I did not make this decision,” Miles said. “But I stand by it and see is as a right one.”

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Columnist John E. Hoover is co-host of “The Franchise Drive” every weeknight from 6-8 on The Franchise in Oklahoma City and Tulsa, and appears throughout the day on other shows on The Franchise. Listen at fm107.7 in OKC, fm107.9/am1270 in Tulsa, on The Franchise app, or click the “Listen” tab on The Franchise home page. Hoover also covers the Big 12 for Sporting News and Lindy’s magazine and is a feature writer for Sooner Spectator magazine. Visit his personal page at johnehoover.com.

 

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John Hoover wrote for the Tulsa World for 24 years before joining The Franchise, where he was co-host of "Further Review" and "The Franchise Drive." Now he's The Franchise college football insider: Oklahoma's state Heisman rep, a voter in the FWAA Super 16 poll, an FWAA media access liaison, and a Big 12 writer at Sporting News and Lindy's preseason magazine. In his time at the World, Hoover won numerous writing and reporting awards, including in 2011 National Beat Writer of the Year from the Associated Press Sports Editors for his work covering the Oklahoma Sooners. From 2012 to 2016, Hoover was the World's lead sports columnist and won national awards in 2012 and 2014 from the National Athletic Trainers Association for reporting on sports medicine and in 2015 won first place in sports columns from the Oklahoma Society of Professional Journalists. After receiving a journalism degree from East Central University, Hoover worked at newspapers in Ada, Okmulgee, Tahlequah and Waynesville, Mo. He played football at Ada High School and grew up in North Pole, Alaska. Hoover and his family live in Broken Arrow.

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