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Update: Cliff Harris no longer a Duck after weed citation

Cliff Harris, Chip Kelly AP

Oregon has decided to cut its losses with athletically gifted enigma Cliff Harris, who has been suspended indefinitely since mid-October.

In a press release, the Ducks announced that Harris has been dismissed from the football program for violating unspecified team rules.  There was no comment from head coach Chip Kelly on his decision in the release.

Harris was suspended for the season-opening loss to LSU for an incident over the summer in which he was clocked doing 118 mph while driving a car rented in the name of a university employee.  He missed the last five games of the season due to a second suspension, which stemmed from another traffic incident.

In 2010, Harris was a consensus All-American at the cornerback position.  He’s also a spectacular punt returner, returning four punts for touchdowns last season alone.

It’s unclear what his football future holds, although, as a junior and given his physical talent, there’s a fairly decent chance he makes himself available for the April NFL draft instead of transferring to another school and sitting out a year.

UPDATED 9:09 p.m. ET: The Fresno Bee is reporting that Harris was cited for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana the day after Thanksgiving.  The paper writes that “Fresno police Lt. Don Gross said Harris was walking with some friends near Trinity and Tuolumne streets on Nov. 25 when they were stopped by officers.”

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7 Responses to “Update: Cliff Harris no longer a Duck after weed citation”
  1. drexelvol says: Dec 5, 2011 5:18 PM

    Well, if he’s indefinitely suspended in college football, doesn’t that mean Goodell will have to indefinitely suspend him in the pros if he gets drafted?

  2. crazyfootballfun says: Dec 5, 2011 5:23 PM

    good riddance…he had the opportunity of a lifetime. He let himself and the team down.

  3. thefiesty1 says: Dec 5, 2011 6:07 PM

    Whoops. Here comes another NCAA investigation driving a car rented by a university employee maybe illegal benefits. Good grief!

  4. footballfan5255 says: Dec 5, 2011 6:22 PM

    Hey Cliff there’s always the SEC.

  5. soflatrojan says: Dec 5, 2011 11:20 PM

    OU had no choice Chip Kelly has a very strict 10 strikes your out policy.

  6. supremeomega says: Dec 5, 2011 11:45 PM

    If he was a violent guy or had issues with mistreating women or owning illegal guns I would not want him on my team…That said…I would LOVE to see my Colts spend their 4th or 5th round pick on him. If everyone who smoked weed in college was DQ’d from working…we would have a small pool to choose from…

    He is by far the best return man and a top 5 DB talent. Will be a major role player if not a star in the NFL.

  7. iplaybad says: Dec 6, 2011 12:32 AM

    Harris will have a team take a shot in the late second or early third round, esp if he’s smokin at the combine! :-)

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