County to send Duck to collections if he doesn't pay up

County to send Duck to collections if he doesn't pay up
Cliff Harris

EUGENE, Ore. - State police cited All-American Duck football player Cliff Harris for speeding and driving with a suspended license in May while driving a car registered to Duck quarterback Darron Thomas.


According to court records, Harris did not appear for arraignment on charges he was driving 45 in a 35 mph zone at McKinley and W. Broadway at 2:52 a.m. on Sunday, May 1. The fines for driving while suspened are $472; the speeding ticket carries a $142 fine.

Because Harris didn't show up for court May 31, a default judgment of $614 was entered against him - and if he doesn't pay by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Lane County will send the ticket to collections, according to Carmen Phillips, Lane County deputy court administrator.

That means the amount Harris owes the court will go up to cover the cost of collections and the ongoing cost of tracking the ticket, Phillips said.

The star football player hit the headlines this week after state troopers cited him for doing 118 mph and driving with a suspended license in a rental car early Sunday morning.

The University of Oregon alerted the NCAA that a star football player was cited for speeding while driving a car rented by a university employee from a division of the university other than the athletic department.

The woman who rented the car told KATU News that she rented the car for her own use. She lent the car to Harris and his friend for the rest of the weekend after they offered to pay her for the car, she told KATU News.

KVAL Sports director Tom Ward said the car rental will likely interest the NCAA. The governing body for college sports has inquired about Duck recruiting practices. Even the appearance of wrongdoing will encourage investigators to dig deeper, Ward said.

But the previously unreported May 1 citation found by KVAL News suggests that, whatever else has gone on at Oregon, at least one webfoot has a lead foot, a suspended license and cause to borrow cars.