Just as the “Days Without an Arrest” ticker was slowly trudging toward the double-digit plateau, Cliff Harris has come along and quickly — very, very quickly — erased any shot of hitting that mark.
According to The Oregonian, the All-American Oregon cornerback was cited very early Sunday morning by the Oregon State Police for speeding. And this wasn’t your run-of-the-mill citation, either; no, Harris was clocked doing 118 mph in a 65-mph zone. At 4:32 a.m. On a suspended license.
Officially, Harris was cited for driving while suspended and exceeding the speed limit in excess of 100 mph. The paper writes that it’s unclear why his license was suspended in the first place.
It’s also unclear what if any punishment he will be facing from head coach Chip Kelly.
Harris is widely considered one of the top corners in the game, with his six interceptions in 2010 tying for sixth in the country. That performance led to a spot on the Associated Press‘ second-team All-American squad as a sophomore.
He’s also one of the most dangerous punt returners, finishing third nationally in average per return (16.1) while leading all of Div. 1-A with four returns for touchdowns.
UPDATED 7:43 p.m. ET: Kelly has released a statement on Harris’ apparent attempt to set the Altima land-speed record.
“We are obviously very disappointed in the lack of judgment exercised by Cliff and feel it’s unacceptable. I’ve said from the beginning that it should be a privilege to play football at the University of Oregon. With that said, individuals must bear the responsibilities for their own behavior. Once we have finished collecting all the information, in this situation, we will determine the appropriate action.”
While the news of late has been littered with the exits of two SEC wide receivers, one team from the Big Ten is welcoming back a player who plays the same position.
In a press release, Rutgers confirmed that Leonte Carroo has been reinstated to the Scarlet Knights football program. The release stated that head coach Kyle Flood, who is suspended himself, “reinstated Carroo after the student-athlete agreed to the conditions of his reinstatement and after he accepted the responsibility that comes with his return to the team.”
The reinstatement comes one day after a domestic violence charge against him was dropped after the alleged victim decided not to testify against he former boyfriend. Carroo had been accused of slamming a woman with whom he had a previous relationship into the concrete outside of the RU football facility last month.
Carroo has missed the last two games (Penn State, Kansas) because of the suspension. He will be eligible to return to practice today and play in Saturday’s game against 10th-ranked Michigan State.
Despite missing those two contests, Carroo is still tops on the team in receiving yards with 181 and tied for the team lead with three receiving touchdowns. He’s also averaging nearly 26 yards per reception.
Carroo led the Scarlet Knights last season in receptions (55), receiving yards (1,086) and receiving touchdowns (10).
It’s been a bad week for talented SEC wide receivers.
On the heels of Auburn giving the boot to D’haquille Williams following an alleged bar rampage, Tennessee announced Wednesday that Pig Howard has been dismissed from Butch Jones‘ football program. Violations of unspecified team rules was the only explanation offered.
Howard had been suspended for the season opener for the same reason due to an unspecified incident several months before. It’s unknown if the dismissal is related in any way to that suspension.
Injuries had allowed the senior to play in just two games this season, against Oklahoma and Western Carolina. He had one reception for eight yards, with that coming in the overtime loss to the Sooners.
The past two seasons, Howard led the Vols in receiving with 54 and 44 receptions in 2014 and 2013, respectively. He accounted for 1,006 receiving yards in that span, and has also scored a pair of rushing touchdowns.