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Oregon’s Cliff Harris cited for nearly doubling 65-mph speed limit

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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.”

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15 Responses to “Oregon’s Cliff Harris cited for nearly doubling 65-mph speed limit”
  1. WingT says: Jun 13, 2011 3:36 PM

    I didn’t realize that a Nissan Altma could get up to 118 mph – impressive.

  2. myopinionisrighterthanyours says: Jun 13, 2011 3:50 PM

    @WingT

    A rented Nissan Altima at that.

  3. southernpatriots says: Jun 13, 2011 3:59 PM

    We sure hope this does not distract him from playing his best in the first game of the season. We don’t want Oregon to complain they were not at full strength when they get whipped by LSU (at least we hope so).

    WingT: That is funny, we did not know a Nissan Altima, especially a rental, could get to 118 (of course we never tried) and wish Cliff had not tried either, on a suspended license!

  4. fitz66 says: Jun 13, 2011 4:10 PM

    Which just further perpetuates the statement that “Oregon is a fast team.”

  5. thekatman says: Jun 13, 2011 4:19 PM

    Just more info that supports the fact that Oregon’s football team players are out fo control. Their egos have gotten in the way of using better judgement. How many arrests does the athletic department have to undergo with its players before the AD suspends these kids. Obviously his threshhold is very high and, like Urban Meyer at FL, keeps criminals on the team.

  6. fitz66 says: Jun 13, 2011 4:50 PM

    The coaches will adjust, I’m sure

  7. bonerchamp says: Jun 13, 2011 4:50 PM

    I for one am outraged!!!!!!!

  8. mallard82 says: Jun 13, 2011 8:17 PM

    thekatman: Harris was not arrested, so your question of how many arrests before the AD suspends someone is irrelevant.

    And keeping ‘criminals’ on the team? If football programs banned every kid who ever got a traffic ticket, most wouldn’t be able to field a team.

    So stop trying to make this out like he committed murder or something. It was stupid and immature, but it certainly doesn’t characterize him as a ‘criminal’.

    The only reason this got any attention is because he was going so much over the speed limit. If he was going ten miles an hour over the speed limit, he would still be speeding, but would you then be calling him a criminal? I don’t think so.

  9. bamasucks says: Jun 13, 2011 8:35 PM

    mallard82,

    he wasn’t arrested for driving over 50 mph over the speed limit on a suspended license? i don’t buy that for a second. driving on a suspended license is enough, by itself, to earn him a trip to jail. if he didn’t get arrested, someone needs to be asking the cops why he wasn’t.

    even if you’re a Ducks homer, i can’t believe that you’d try to defend this idiot.

  10. oregontrash says: Jun 13, 2011 11:07 PM

    mallard82, don’t be an idiot. Harris was in fact arretsed. He committed 2 misdemeanors. He was cited and released in the field. The officer used discretion and chose not to take him to the station to book him.

    BTW, how many times has Cliffy been in trouble since he stepped on campus?

    Rogue program…. QUACK.

  11. zman713 says: Jun 14, 2011 10:21 AM

    Its stuff like this that continue to baffle me. I dont know the kid personally, but he has a MAJOR history of STUPID. In HS, he was arrested for assaulting a police officer on his HS campus, he was also ruled ineligible for his football team for half a year(the same year his teammate attended 29 days of class but was ruled ELIGIBLE with a 0.5 GPA) so he had to have been worse than that. He has been given several(4) driving citations BEFORE this incident, now 2 more(Driving while suspended and speeding, and the silly cop DIDNT cite him for reckless endangerment) He has also been cited for underage alcohol, and been picked up for drug possession, but released, and we still make excuses for the kid. But hey, hes fast and exciting. The sad thing is, THESE are only the ones that have been REPORTED, and does not include the ones where the authorities are LENIENT. I love our team, but ENOUGH IS ENOUGH, stuff like this is embarassing. Once, ok, twice, check into it, but I count 7 or 8 that have been REPORTED, and i am sure many more not. Character Counts coach. Use this situation to prove a point and show us some class!

  12. zman713 says: Jun 14, 2011 10:25 AM

    Oh, and lest I forget, nobody has mentioned ANYTHING about the UNBELIEVABLY STUPID and MORONIC individual who got the car for Cliff. Reading her statement is like reading something from the movie Idiocracy. She and her bubblehead explanation are going to land us in some SERIOUS HOT WATER with the NCAA. She works at University, she RENTED A CAR FOR A FOOTBALL PLAYER, (but he paid me in cash occifer) and she was stupid enough to give the car to someone without a valid license who had been cited and arrested for other driving violations. NCAA, here they come.

  13. southernpatriots says: Jun 14, 2011 11:49 AM

    zman713: People do some stupid things sometimes, but we think you said it all. Thank you for giving us the background info….wow.

  14. pac12eyeinthesky says: Jun 14, 2011 12:46 PM

    Every team in the Pac12 should be lobbying for the Oregon Ducks Football Team to receive a heavy penalty for this incident, to include the woman who works for the University. Phil Knight should be very proud that his swoosh represents nothing but ghetto, stupid, ignorant, and thuggish like behavior donning his uniforms. Where did this scumbag go to school before college? The O in Oregon should stand for “O, Im gonna git mine, it’s all about me”. Just look at the past few years and see how many rouge thugs on the Oregon Football team have been transferred out, suspended, run ins with the law and just plain “stupid is, as stupid does” incidents.

  15. zman713 says: Jun 14, 2011 2:30 PM

    Harris is from Fresno, Ca Edison HS. Used to be coached by Tim McDonald former NFL player and recent graduate of USC. (Tims sons play football at USC and UCLA)
    Harris was involved in quite the controversy in Fresno, where his mom attacked another football coach after a game where her son was suspended due to academics. That was the same school where a HS all american player, i forget his name, went to school for 29 days out of 90, had all F’s on his grade card, but somehow over the summer he got an F changed to an A in algebra, and the teacher was fired for changing the grade when the teacher said he didnt do it. Nice High School. Later in the year he was arrested, but finally ‘not charged’ with assaulting an on campus police officer too. Someone greased the skids.

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