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Oregon dismisses All-American CB/RS Cliff Harris

Posted on: December 5, 2011 6:09 pm
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Considering that he earned consensus All-American honors as a return specialist and cornerback as a sophomore, many expected the 2011 season to be the last one in Autzen for Cliff Harris.

As it turns out, it will be Harris' last season as a member of the Oregon Ducks. But he isn't leaving the way most expected.

The University of Oregon announced Monday that Harris has been dismissed from the team for a violation of team rules. The full release is below.

Harris' off-field behavior is every bit as disconcerting as his on-field talents are exciting. Harris has a long history of run-ins with the police. He was cited for speeding and driving a car with a suspended license in July, which led to Kelly suspending him for the team's opening game against LSU. He was then suspended October 24 after his second run-in with local authorities and has missed the Ducks' final five games as a result. 

The repeated mistakes are sure to force college and/or pro teams to question whether they can trust Harris.

Considering his talent, Harris isn't without options. As North Alabama proved last year in accepting a transfer from former Florida cornerback Janoris Jenkins (released by the Gators due to citations involving marijuana), there are always programs willing to gamble on star power.

Should Harris enter the draft, scouts will certainly do their homework on him as he's unquestionably among the elite cover corners in the nation. In 27 career games, Harris recorded eight interceptions. He led the Pac-10 with six interceptions last season and led the entire country with 23 passes broken up. Of his six interceptions in 2010, three of them were against NFLDraftScout.com's top two rated quarterbacks, Stanford's Andrew Luck and Southern California's Matt Barkley.

Harris is currently listed as NFLDraftScout.com's No. 13 rated cornerback for the 2012 draft and a middle round value. He entered the year ranked No. 2 at the position and viewed as a possible first round pick.

As promised, here is the full release from the University of Oregon regarding Harris' release:

University of Oregon cornerback Cliff Harris has been dismissed from the Ducks’ football program for a violation of team rules, according to the Ducks’ Head Coach Chip Kelly Monday.

Harris was suspended indefinitely on Oct. 24 and has since been prohibited from all football activities, missing Oregon’s last five games of the regular season in addition to last Friday’s Pac-12 Conference Championship.

The Fresno, Calif., junior had been credited with nine tackles and one interception in six games this season after missing the season-opening loss to LSU while serving another suspension.

The 2010 consensus All-American finishes his Oregon career with 61 tackles in 27 appearances, eight interceptions for one touchdown, and returned 38 punts for a 16.2-yard average and four more scores.

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Comments

Since: Jun 12, 2009
Posted on: December 7, 2011 10:32 am
 

Oregon dismisses All-American CB/RS Cliff Harris

Do you think Chip Kelly would have dismissed Harris if Oregon still had a shot at the BCS title game?  Can anyone say LeGarrette Montez Blount?



Since: Sep 12, 2006
Posted on: December 6, 2011 12:49 pm
 

Oregon dismisses All-American CB/RS Cliff Harris

Noooooooooooo ! And the Duck Nation is sobbing....


Cry





Since: Aug 11, 2011
Posted on: December 6, 2011 6:59 am
 

Oregon dismisses All-American CB/RS Cliff Harris

Coaches don't think that one player can make or break their career. One player who does something really bad will get a head coach fired.  The school doesn't care if it's his fault or not. If it casts a cloud over the university, that coach is history. With zero prospects of ever getting another coaching job at a big school. 

Especially when that coach lies about it. 



Since: Aug 2, 2009
Posted on: December 5, 2011 8:52 pm
 

Oregon dismisses All-American CB/RS Cliff Harris

Bravo to the Oregon Ducks and their administrators. I wonder how many other schools would make the same decision before a big bowl game.



Since: Jan 7, 2009
Posted on: December 5, 2011 8:51 pm
 

Oregon dismisses All-American CB/RS Cliff Harris

Are schools this stupid? To take players that repeatedly have run-ins with the police? The only schools that don't care about this kind of stuff, are teams from the SEC. They don't care as long as you can play football, they'll cover for you.
When are these teams going to learn that if you take players like this, it's only going to cause more trouble. Coaches don't think that one player can make or break their career. One player who does something really bad will get a head coach fired. The school doesn't care if it's his fault or not. If it casts a cloud over the university, that coach is history. With zero prospects of ever getting another coaching job at a big school.



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: December 5, 2011 8:23 pm
 

Oregon dismisses All-American CB/RS Cliff Harris

U of O is handling things the right way, again.  He will end up at some SEC school.



Since: Feb 22, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 8:13 pm
 

Oregon dismisses All-American CB/RS Cliff Harris

He likey the ganga too Man!


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