Syracuse receiver doesn’t travel with team to Clemson after making obscene gesture in last week’s game

Syracuse wide receiver Taj Harris, one of the ACC’s leading receivers this season, did not travel with the team for Saturday’s game against No. 1 Clemson. 

In the Orange’s 38-21 loss to Liberty last week, Harris was seen extending his middle finger on the sideline, directing the obscene gesture at the cameras capturing a disenchanted ‘Cuse bench. 

Syracuse athletic director John Wildhack called Harris’ gesture “inappropriate” and “unacceptable” in a statement earlier in the week, and coach Dino Babers told reporters in the lead-up that Harris apologized to the team and noted discipline would be handled internally.



a group of baseball players playing a football game: Syracuse wide receiver Taj Harris during the Orange's loss to Liberty.


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Syracuse wide receiver Taj Harris during the Orange’s loss to Liberty.

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“That stuff is always in-house. That’s family business. I love that young man and I want nothing but the best for him,” Babers said. 

Harris, a 6-2 receiver, has 434 receiving yards and four touchdowns this season.

Syracuse hung tough with the No. 1 Tigers, with the game at 27-21 Clemson until late in the third quarter. But Clemson eventually pulled away for a 47-21 victory that dropped the Orange to 105

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