Newspaper: Harris cited for marijuana possession Nov. 25

Newspaper: Harris cited for marijuana possession Nov. 25

EUGENE, Ore. - University of Oregon cornerback Cliff Harris has been dismissed from the Duck football program for a violation of team rules, head coach Chip Kelly said Monday.

Kelly did not specify which rule. The coach has said in the past that he will not discuss player discipline in detail with the public.

"All the information that is available is included in the news release," athletic department spokesman Dave Williford told KVAL News on Monday. "This is no different than when quarterback Jeremiah Masoli was dismissed from the team almost 2 years ago."

The Fresno Bee later reported Harris was cited for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana Nov. 25 in Fresno, Calif.

Harris was suspended indefinitely from the team on Oct. 24 after being cited for traffic violations.

He sorted out those violations with the municipal court in November.

Harris had 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 finished 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.

Harris had off-season troubles after being pulled over on Interstate 5 in Linn County last June for exceeding 100 mph.

A dashboard camera video released in August revealed Harris had told officers "we smoked it all" after the officer mentioned smelling marijuana.