Oregon dismisses dynamic CB Harris
All-American booted from team following multiple suspensions
EUGENE, Ore. -- All-American cornerback Cliff Harris has been dismissed from the Oregon Ducks for violating team rules.
Harris was already suspended from the Ducks and wasn't allowed to participate in team activities. He missed the last five games of the regular season and last weekend's Pac-12 championship game.
Harris was suspended by coach Chip Kelly following a traffic stop in Eugene, during which Harris was cited for driving on a suspended license, without proper insurance and without a seatbelt.
Harris was also suspended to start the season after a he was cited for driving 118 mph on Interstate 5 in June.
It was unclear Harris dismissal was related to the suspension, or if it was a new violation. A spokesman for Oregon said the nature of the issue was not disclosed.
After the latest traffic stop, Harris provided proof of insurance on the car her was driving and that charge was dismissed. He pleaded no contest to the driving on a suspended license violation and was entered in a diversion program. He paid a $100 fine for the seatbelt violation.
Harris' family paid the fines related to speeding incident.
Harris finished this season with nine tackles in six games this season for the Ducks. He also had an interception and nine punt returns for 68 yards.
As a sophomore last season, Harris broke up 23 passes and averaged 18.8 yards per punt return. He set an Oregon record with four punt return touchdowns.
During his time with the Ducks, he was known not only for his explosive speed, but also for his colorful quotes. He coined the term "The Natty" when Oregon went to the BCS championship game last season, and once referred to himself as "the cheese on top of the nachos."
Attempts to reach Harris for comment were unsuccessful. He has one year of eligibility left.
Oregon claimed its third consecutive Pac-12 championship this season and will face Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl on Dec. 2.