Former Edison High football star Cliff Harris arrested again, this time after alleged assault

Former Edison High star Cliff Harris makes a move while getting tackled during the 2008 City/County All-Star Football Game.

Former Edison High football star Cliff Harris has been arrested after witnesses reported him fighting with his girlfriend outside a restaurant in Oregon.

The arrest for alleged domestic harassment in Hillsboro on Friday comes less than a week after the 22-year-old player was cut from the New York Jets following an arrest for alleged marijuana possession. He had been signed to a reserve-future contract with the Jets in January.

After his arrest in Oregon, Harris was released Saturday after posting bail and is expected in court Tuesday.

Harris, an All-American cornerback at the University of Oregon in 2010, was dismissed from the Ducks in December 2011 after violating team rules.

Former Edison High star Cliff Harris cut by NFL’s Jets after marijuana arrest

In this Sept. 10, 2011, photo, Oregon’s Cliff Harris stands on the sideline during an NCAA college football game against Nevada in Eugene. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

The New York Jets cut former Edison High star Cliff Harris  along with defensive end Claude Davis one day after they were arrested and charged with possession of marijuana in New Jersey.

The two players, who were signed to reserve-future contracts in January and never played for the Jets, were arrested Monday night in Morristown, N.J., after an officer noticed the vehicle they were in was filled with smoke. According to a release provided by Morristown Police, the officer smelled “burnt marijuana” when the driver rolled down his window.

Davis, 23, and Harris, 22, were released after being served a summons, but a third person, Daniel Godfrey, 21, of Morristown, was charged with marijuana possession, intent to distribute and possessing a loaded handgun. Godfrey was detained at Morris County Correctional Facility in default of $50,000 bail.

Harris was considered an NFL draft prospect after leaving Edison High and starring at the University of Oregon. But after an All-America freshman season in 2010, Harris was kicked off  the Ducks  in December 2011 for violating team rules. That move, by then-coach Chip Kelly, came days after Harris was cited in Fresno for possession of less than an ounce of marijuana.

Also while in Eugene, Harris was stopped in June 2011 for speeding at 118 mph by an Oregon state trooper, who said then he smelled marijuana in the car. Harris’ reply: “We smoked it all.”

Harris went undrafted in 2012 then signed as a free agent with the Eagles, who cut him after the season.

Football: Fresno State-San Jose State game added to TV lineup

Receiver Davante Adams and the Bulldogs will wrap up the 2013 regular season with a nationally televised game against San Jose State on Nov. 29.

A second Fresno State football game has been added to the national television schedule, with the Bulldogs’ matchup at San Jose State on Nov. 29 scheduled to air on the CBS Sports Network.

Kickoff for the Friday after Thanksgiving game has been set for 12:30 p.m. at Spartan Stadium. Fresno State leads the all-time series against San Jose State 39-34-3.

Earlier this week , the Fresno State-Boise State game at Bulldog Stadium on Sept. 20 was picked up by ESPN. That’s also a Friday game, scheduled to kick off at 6 p.m.

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Football: Fresno State QB Derek Carr named to Heisman Pundit Watch List

Derek Carr, passing against Oregon last year, and the Bulldogs open the 2013 season Aug. 29 against Rutgers at Bulldog Stadium.

Fresno State quarterback Derek Carr has been named to the 2013 Heisman Pundit/ Heisman Trophy Watch List.

Carr last season as a junior was the Mountain West Offensive Player of the Year and was named an honorable mention All-American by Sports Illustrated after passing for a conference-record 4,104 yards to go with 37 touchdowns against seven interceptions.

Carr is one of 29 players on the list and one of 18 quarterbacks, including two more from the Mountain West — Nevada junior Cody Fajardo and San Jose State senior David Fales.

For his career, Carr has thrown for 7,760 yards — on a school-best .652 completion percentage — with 63 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. He enters his senior season needing 3,049 passing yards to break Kevin Sweeney’s school passing record that has stood since 1986.

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2013 Boston Marathon: Central San Joaquin Valley finishers

Former star Buchanan High runner Fernando Cabada, shown in this Eugene (Ore.) Register-Guard file photo from 2006, finished 16th in the 2013 Boston Marathon on Monday, April 15.

Central San Joaquin Valley finishers from Monday’s Boston Marathon, including overall place and official time:

Fernando Cabada, Boulder, Colo., 16, 2:18:23.
Jesus Campos, Fresno, 37, 2:24:05.
Maria Rivera, Visalia, 558, 2:46:39.
Rudy Montoya, Fresno, 1,712, 2:58:03.
Steven Monke, Clovis, 1,753, 2:58:15.
Matt Stovall, Visalia, 2,013, 2:59:35.
Caleb Carter, Fresno, 2,821, 3:04:54.
Emili Smith, Fresno, 3,169, 3:06:57.
Brian Piper, Lemoore, 3,415, 3:08:18.
Scott Newton, Kingsburg, 5,287, 3:17:39.
Mark Dorman, Clovis, 5,483, 3:18:30.
Steve Card, Clovis, 5,848, 3:20:00.
Shelley Bryant, Clovis, 6,372, 3:22:12.
Armando Figueroa, Visalia, 7,466, 3:26:26.
Mark Reader, Porterville, 7,839, 3:27:52.
Yvonne Jessup, Hanford, 8,003, 3:28:26.
Al Morales, Visalia, 8,584, 3:30:27.
Maureen Sheehan, Fresno, 9,100, 3:32:25.
Jason Wara, Madera, 9,409, 3:33:32.
Katie Botterill, Fresno, 9,464, 3:33:46.
Albert Chaves, Visalia, 9,757, 3:34:42.
Jacqueline Gaebe, Visalia, 9,874, 3:35:09.
Tracy Coke, Fresno, 10,109, 3:36:02.
Adriana Chaves, Visalia, 10,652, 3:38:01.
Salvador Rodriguez III, Fresno, 12,049, 3:42:50.
David Humerickhouse, Visalia, 12,267, 3:43:44.
Amy Brogan, Clovis, 13,932, 3:50:28.
Phil Stovall, Kingsburg, 15,126, 3:55:33.
Amanda Whitten, Fresno, 15,814, 3:58:42.
Joanna Vitale, Fresno, 16,132, 4:00:23.
John Volkman, Fresno, 16,526, 4:03:04.
Stacy Anderson, Visalia, 16,828, 4:05:38.
Susanne Spano, Fresno, 16,885, 4:06:17.
Irene Price, Kingsburg, 16,902, 4:06:27.

At least two Valley runners, Brad Castillo of Fresno and Sally Lovejoy of Fresno, weren’t able to cross the finish line and receive a time because of the explosions.


Love to Boston walk/run

Sierra Challenge Express is organizing a 2.62-mile run/walk at 7:30 a.m. Sunday in north Fresno in support of those affected by the Boston tragedy.

The run/walk will start at Sierra Running Co.mpany at 9447 N. Fort Washington, Suite 106.

It’s not a timed event and it’s free to participate, although organizers are collecting donations for the American Red Cross and suggesting donations of $5. Participants are also encouraged to wear Boston attire (marathon-related or Red Sox, Patriots, Bruins, etc.).

Details: or (559) 433-6750.

Fresno State coach Tim DeRuyter to be honored by his high school

Tim DeRuyter will be Long Beach on Friday to be honored by his high school alma mater.

Fresno State football coach Tim DeRuyter will be honored Friday by his high school alma mater, St. John Bosco, at the second annual Braves Gala in Long Beach.

A 1981 Bosco graduate, DeRuyter lettered in both football and basketball for the Braves. He was a first-team all-league selection in 1980 when the Braves won the league title. DeRuyter also won the Coaches Award for being a leader during games. Upon graduation, DeRuyter received an appointment to the Air Force Academy, where he played linebacker for the Falcons.

The Bulldogs also have a Bosco graduate on their roster: Sophomore wide receiver Justin Johnson graduated from the school in 2012 and played in 10 games last season as a true freshman as Fresno State in DeRuyter’s first season went 9-4 and won its first conference title since 1999.

Ski season ending: China Peak closing Sunday

China Peak will wrap up winter operations for the season Sunday, March 31, the ski resort at Lakeshore announced Saturday.

With the Sierra snowpack at less than 55% and recent warm temperatures, the conditions at China Peak deteriorated quickly over the past several weeks. Originally, China Peak had projected closing April 21.

So with Badger Pass in Yosemite also closing Sunday, the winter recreation season is all but over, it appears.

Well see if the spring conditions will speed up the opening of Kaiser Pass, the High Sierra route to Florence Lake, Mono Hot Springs and Edison Lake. Kaiser Pass generally opens around Memorial Day weekend.



Storm brings powder for area ski resorts

While the Valley hasn’t picked up much rainfall from this week’s storm, the Sierra has been getting hit with an extension of winter.

Badger Pass Ski Area is reporting 6 new inches on Thursday for a total of 14 since the storm moved in Wednesday. The ski resort in Yosemite National Park is hosting its Silver Ski Races on Saturday and Sunday, competing against teams from Dodge Ridge, Bear Valley and China Peak.

At China Peak, the storm has already left 8 inches of fresh snow with up to a foot expected to accumulate by Friday — just in time for Saturday’s Jack Pieroni Demo Day at the resort near Huntington Lake.

Whatever happened to Robert Swift? Oh, he’s squatting

Mark Gisbertz, 14, of Bakersfield gets one of the first autographs from Bakersfield High standout Robert Swift as an NBA player after he was drafted 12th overall by the Seattle SuperSonics on June 24, 2004. (CHRISTIAN PARLEY/THE FRESNO BEE)

So, whatever happened to Robert Swift — the 7-foot can’t-miss prep basketball star who went straight to the NBA?

Apparently he’s squatting in a $1 million home that he used to own in Seattle.

Swift played for Garces and Bakersfield high schools about 10 years ago and remains the Central Section career blocks leader with 622, per historian Bob Barnett. With credentials and size like that, he was scooped up by the  Seattle Sonics with the No. 12 overall pick in 2004 (it was a big enough story back then that The Bee sent reporter B.J Anteola and photographer Christian Parley down the 99 to chronicle that special day).

Swift’s NBA and later overseas pro career never went far, mostly due to injuries, although he did reportedly earn about $20 million.

Now, Seattle TV station KOMO has reported he lost his home to foreclosure last summer and that it was sold in January. The new owner is ready to move in, but there’s one problem: Swift hasn’t left. The station’s reporter went to the home to talk to Swift, “but a woman who said she was his girlfriend said he couldn’t come out because he was asleep after taking pills.”

The owner has filed a summons and Swift has one more week to move.