Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Report: Cliff Harris is licensed, dad says
EUGENE, Ore. -- The father of Oregon cornerback Cliff Harris is disputing traffic citations that the cornerback received this week, saying his son is licensed and the car he was driving is insured.
The elder Cliff Harris was interviewed by The Register-Guard newspaper in Eugene a day after the younger Harris was pulled over and cited for driving on a suspended license, failure to wear a seat belt and driving without insurance.
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Hours after the traffic stop on Monday, Oregon coach Chip Kelly suspended Harris from the team. He is not allowed to participate in any football-related activities pending Oregon's review of the matter.
Harris, an All-American who broke up 23 passes and averaged 18.8 yards per punt return last season, was also cited in June for driving 118 mph on Interstate 5 on a suspended license. His family paid the fines.
The elder Harris says he has paperwork that he believes shows his son's license suspension was to be lifted after 60 days. And he says he also has proof that the car Harris was driving was insured.
He told the Register-Guard the family is seeking legal advice.
Harris' father could not be reached for comment by The Associated Press.
Harris faces fines in excess of $952. The car he was driving, which police said belongs to a relative, was impounded.
Harris was also suspended by Kelly after the June traffic stop. He sat out Oregon's season-opening loss against LSU but was reinstated hours before the next week's victory over Nevada.
Harris has nine tackles in six games this season for the Ducks (6-1, 4-0 Pac-12.) He also has an interception and nine punt returns for 68 yards.
In Oregon's 45-2 victory over Colorado last weekend, the Buffaloes tackled Harris on a punt return in the end zone for a safety. He was also flagged before the game started for taunting, which allowed Colorado to kick off from the 45 to start the game.
As a sophomore last season, Harris set an Oregon record with four punt returns for touchdowns. He became known not just for his explosive speed, but also for his colorful quotes.