Over four months after that incident, the talented cornerback once again finds himself with a bit of a traffic issue. And a playing time issue for the foreseeable future as well.
According to the Eugene Register-Guard, Harris was cited Monday afternoon by the Eugene Police Department for driving with a suspended license, driving while uninsured and no seat belt. Harris was pulled over he was observed not wearing a seat belt.
A school spokesperson told the Register-Guard that they are looking into the incident. Shortly after the report surfaced, UO announced that Harris has been indefinitely suspended from all football activities. The football program will continue reviewing this latest incident before taking their next step.
This uncertainty is nothing new to Harris. Even after his reinstatement last month, the UO coaching staff said Harris still had off-field work to do.
“He’s got to do better. … He’s a good kid, I like him a lot,” defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti said in September. “Part of our job is to help young men grow into men of Oregon — real men. There’s times when I say, ‘Wow, he’s really starting to get this,’ but … that’s about all I want to say about Cliff right now.”
Harris had apologized for the June incident earlier this month, saying he understands the scrutiny that comes with his stature in the community.
“I want to tell everybody that’s a Cliff Harris fan or supporter that I apologize for my actions,” Harris said during a television interview. “It was dumb of me. I’m not just an average college student and I can’t be doing dumb things out here. There’s a lot of people that look up to me and what I do, and I’m going to be a positive role model and keep striving for progress.”