Cowboys Safeties Coach Willie Mack Garza Suspended After DUI Charges

Tracy Ringolsby

 Laramie -- Cowboys head football coach Craig Bohl announced Friday that safeties coach Willie Mack Garza has been suspended indefinitely from the University of Wyoming football team effective immediately. Garza was charged with a DUI on Thursday night.

There will be no further comment from University of Wyoming Athletics personnel, the school explained in a brief statement on the suspension.

The Casper Star Tribune reported that Garza pleaded not guilty to both misdemeanor charges, according to court documents, and he has a court date set for Nov. 14.

Bohl had given Garza a long-awaited second chance to coach at the Division I level when he hired him last spring.

A member of Lane Kiffin's staff in Tennessee, he had moved with Kiffin to USC, but two days before the Trojans first game in 2011, Garza resigned before being on the sidelines for a game with the Trojans.

He had been tied to an NCAA investigation into Texas-based scout Willie Lyles’ relationship with several high-profile college football programs. Garza had a relationship with Lyles, who told investigators that Garza wired him $1,500 as reimbursement for travel expenses Lyles had paid for a blue-chip running back recruit and his mother to fly to Tennessee’s campus for an unofficial visit in the summer of 2009, according to a Yahoo Sports report.

Garza was given a two-year show-cause penalty,which virtually blackballs a coach from a future coaching position at an NCAA school. He, however, had been on Bohl's staff at North Dakota State from 2006-08 initially as a secondary coach and then the defensive coordinator, and Bohl gave him that rare second chance with the Cowboys.