Saturday, September 10, 2011
Suspension lifted for Ducks' Cliff Harris
ESPN.com news services
Oregon cornerback Cliff Harris -- who had been suspended indefinitely after being cited for speeding while driving with a suspended license in June -- was reinstated Saturday, coach Chip Kelly announced.
Harris could be available to play in the No. 13 Ducks' game against Nevada Saturday afternoon. The junior led the nation in passes broken up (23) last season and ranked second in the country in punt return average (18.8).
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Harris was cited June 12 after police said they clocked him driving 118 mph on a suspended license in a rental car.
Harris was driving a rented 2011 Nissan Altima. He has since paid $1,620 in fines for the driving violation. The car had been rented by an Oregon employee.
During the traffic stop, Harris said the car belonged to his "girlfriend." Harris had been practicing with the team during fall camp. Kelly said his status would be dependent on adherence to the football program's rules.
The fine for driving a vehicle faster than 100 mph is $1,148. The fine for driving on a suspended license is $427. In addition, Harris has 11 other unpaid fines in both Oregon and his hometown of Fresno, Calif., dating to December 2008 totaling at least $8,527.50, KEZI-TV reported on its website.
It was unclear why Harris' license was suspended. He had been cited at least once before for speeding in Eugene, Ore., also with a suspended license.
On Friday, Kelly reinstated linebacker Kiko Alonso, who also had been suspended indefinitely after an alcohol-related offense.
Information from ESPN.com's Ted Miller and The Associated Press was used in this report.