Oregon’s Cliff Harris Is Still Suspended | Will miss LSU Game
For any Oregon Ducks fans hoping star cornerback Cliff Harris’ suspension will be lifted in time for Saturday’s crucial season opener against LSU: keep dreaming.
At 4:30 on a Sunday morning this past June, Harris was pulled over by an Oregon State Trooper for driving 118 MPH.
Also in the car was starting Ducks quarterback Darron Thomas.
The trooper, David Ray Stallworth, also noticed the smell of marijuana coming out of the car.
Harris was driving with a suspended license.
In the end, though, Stallworth treated the Oregon players as he would any other citizens in the same situation.
“None of those alone, based on the facts he had, and his investigation during an hour long traffic stop, would be offenses someone could be arrested for,” said a spokesman for the Oregon State Police.
As a result, Harris wasn’t arrested; he received a hefty ticket instead. Tyrell Irvin, another man in the car, was allowed to take the wheel after passing a sobriety test.
But that didn’t mean Harris was off the hook. Thomas is still slated to start against LSU after claiming he was “asleep” when Harris got pulled over. But the Ducks decided to discipline Harris on their own, suspending their star corner indefinitely.
Terrance Mitchell will start at cornerback in Harris’ spot on Saturday. He and the Ducks can at least take solace in the fact that LSU has been dinged with its share of suspensions, too. The Tigers won’t have their starting quarterback, Jordan Jefferson, after he was suspended for his role in an August 19 bar fight.
When will we see Harris, who led the Pac-10 with six interceptions last year, on the field for the Ducks in regular-season again? According to comments made by coach Chip Kelly, it’s entirely up to Harris.
“Earning an opportunity to represent the University of Oregon and this football program certainly rests far beyond a player’s ability on the field of play,” Kelly said.
“Our behavior out of the spotlight often is more important and will be held to a higher standard.
Until Cliff is able to conform to the same standards all of us must comply with, his status will remain unchanged.”