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

USA TODAY SPORTS logo USA TODAY SPORTS 10/24/2020 Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY

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. © Dennis Nett, Pool Photo/USA TODAY Sports 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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