STILLWATER — Amid a tense courtroom, Oklahoma State basketball coach Travis Ford gave a spirited testimony Wednesday at the trial of Cowboy forward Darrell Williams.
Ford revealed to the jury that once he received word of the allegations, including a letter from the alleged victims, he immediately conducted his own investigation.
On the night of Dec. 15, 2010, three days after the alleged incident, Ford said he met with Williams and former player Marshall Moses at his house (assistant coach Steve Middleton and former player Ray Penn might have also been present).
At that initial meeting, Ford said Williams was confused about the events and immediately professed his innocence from any wrongdoing. Ford said that Moses, and a few other players he interviewed at another time, knew more about the alleged incident.
“Continually, I was told that Darrell didn't do it,” Ford said.
Since that night, Ford said he has scoured the police reports, reading every witness testimony multiple times and questioning his players. Throughout the process, he said Williams has maintained his innocence.
“He's done everything I've asked him to do to prove his innocence,” Ford said. “If I would have believed he did it, or had direct evidence, I would have dismissed him from the team.”
The prosecution told the jury that Ford was a character witness not present on the night in question, therefore having no direct knowledge of the actual events.
This comes a day after one of the alleged victims testified that Williams groped her and reached down her pants without consent twice at an off-campus party on Dec. 12, 2010.
She said Williams approached her in a basement when she was surrounded by his teammates, reached into her pants.
Moments afterward, the alleged victim said Williams grabbed her outside in the yard and pinned her on a fence and then later a truck, performing the same act.