Cliff Harris cited for driving 118 mph
EUGENE, Ore. -- Oregon cornerback Cliff Harris has been cited with driving 118 mph on a suspended license.
Oregon State police say Harris, 20, was pulled over after an off-duty trooper spotted him about 4:35 a.m. PT Sunday on Interstate 5 south of Albany, Ore. An on-duty officer clocked Harris and pulled him over.
Harris was cited for driving with a suspended license and exceeding the speed limit in excess of 100 mph. Police say he was driving a rental car.
The fine for driving a vehicle faster than 100 mph is $1,148.
Harris excelled as a sophomore last season at cornerback and on special teams. He had six interceptions and set an Oregon record with four punt returns for touchdowns.
Known for his entertaining banter with reporters, Harris dubbed the BCS championship "The Natty." Oregon lost to Auburn in the title game in January after going 12-0 last season.
Oregon coach Chip Kelly said in a statement that the team was disappointed by Harris' lack of judgment, which he called unacceptable.
"I've said from the beginning that it should be a privilege to play football at the University of Oregon. With that said, individuals must bear the responsibilities for their own behavior," Kelly said. "Once we have finished collecting all the information in this situation, we will determine the appropriate action."
Last month, Oregon linebacker Kiko Alonso pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges of trespassing and criminal mischief. He was sentenced to two years of probation, 200 hours of community service and alcohol treatment.
Alonso, 20, was suspended indefinitely from the team by Kelly.
Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press