College Football 2011: Oregon Losing Cliff Harris a Blow for the LSU Game

Alex FergusonSenior Analyst IIJune 16, 2011

BERKELEY, CA - NOVEMBER 13:  Cliff Harris #13 of the Oregon Ducks celebrates after he returned a punt for a touchdown against the California Golden Bears  at California Memorial Stadium on November 13, 2010 in Berkeley, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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The story about Cliff Harris really isn't that big.

True, he borrowed a car from a university employee (which Oregon's compliance office is looking into), drove it over 100 mph—on a suspended license—got caught and has now been suspended for at least the biggest game in his school's season—perhaps the biggest in his school's history.

Harris is going to be missed because he's the type of player who could cause some problems on special teams for the Tigers. He is going to be missed because the Ducks will need him to stop Reuben Randle and Russell Shepard.

Aside from the game though, this incident isn't that big of a deal.

In fact, Oregon has bigger fish to fry.

The school is the subject of a NCAA inquiry about its recruiting actions and possible illegal payments to a guy for recruiting. This could really hurt the program to the tune of massive NCAA sanctions that could make Ohio State's problems look like a walk in the park.