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Chris Harris: KU football ‘definitely won’ fights against basketball team in 2009

Kansas cornerback Chris Harris broke up a pass intended for Missouri wide receiver Jeremy Maclin on Nov. 24, 2007, at Arrowhead Stadium.
Kansas cornerback Chris Harris broke up a pass intended for Missouri wide receiver Jeremy Maclin on Nov. 24, 2007, at Arrowhead Stadium.

Former Kansas cornerback Chris Harris attempted to set the record straight during a national television appearance Thursday, saying it was the KU football team that won a series of fights with the men’s basketball team on campus in 2009.

Harris, now a cornerback for the Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos, was asked about the incidents on ESPN’s “Highly Questionable” show.

Host Dan Le Batard started by telling Harris that Marcus and Markieff Morris had previously said that the basketball team had won the fights.

“We had 300-pound dudes fighting these basketball guys, so they definitely didn’t win,” Harris said with a laugh. “I definitely watched it and seen it with my own eyes. We definitely won that for sure. I love the Morris twins, though. Those are my boys, though.”

The three separate incidents, which took place Sept. 22 and 23 in 2009, led to KU guard Tyshawn Taylor suffering a dislocated finger. One fight took place in the parking lot outside Burge Union on Sept. 22, then another altercation followed at Jayhawker Towers later in the evening.

The next day, police separated the two teams on Wescoe Beach — a main gathering location for students on KU’s campus.

“We were actually pretty good at that time. I guess you could say they were running the campus and we were too,” Harris said of the football and basketball teams. “ … We had some big 350-pound D-tackles in there fighting. It’s not fair to fight a 6-foot point guard or a 6-9 power forward. I think we had a little advantage.”

Harris also was asked to share his favorite Aqib Talib story, as the two were teammates at KU and also play together with the Broncos.

“We were playing Missouri. They had their whole team on the 50-yard line. Talib just ran through their whole team,” Harris said. “They were warming up running plays. They had to get the cops to come drag him off their side of the field of the warmups back in the tunnel. That was probably one of the craziest times I’ve seen Talib right there.”

Jesse Newell: 816-234-4759, @jessenewell

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