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Ducks suspend Harris for season opener

Cornerback's punishment comes after he was caught speeding on I-5

University of Oregon cornerback Cliff Harris has been suspended indefinitely from the Ducks' football program after he was stopped last week for driving about 118 mph on Interstate 5 with a suspended license.

Ducks coach Chip Kelly said Wednesday that the suspension includes Harris sitting out at least Oregon's season opener against LSU Sept. 3 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.

'Cliff's future clearly is in Cliff's hands,' Kelly said. 'Earning an opportunity to represent the University of Oregon and this football program certainly rests far beyond a player's ability on the field of play. Our behavior out of the spotlight often is more important and will be held to a higher standard. Until Cliff is able to conform to the same standards all of us must comply with, his status will remain unchanged.'

Kelly said that the Fresno native's status following the Sept. 3 game depended on whether Harris met standards set by the university's football program. The sanctions were independent of any legal rulings or potential violation of NCAA rules that have yet to be determined, Kelly said.

Harris is a 2010 All-America defensive back and punt returner who led the nation by breaking up with 23 passes and was second in the country in punt returns with an 18.8-yard average. He also had six interceptions.