Apparently the power of Jay Bilas's overreaction has seeped into other "columnists" at ESPN. See what Pat Forde had to say about "Elbowgate"
Bad actors: Michigan 'bow-throwers Zack Novak (4) and Manny Harris (5).
Transgression: Wolverines freshman Novak nailed Ohio State guard P.J. Hill with a premeditated, intentional elbow along the free throw lane late in the Buckeyes' 72-54 victory Jan. 28. That earned him an ejection from the game, and then some. The school added a one-game suspension, removing the Chesterton, Ind., product from a semi-homecoming game Saturday at Purdue.
Transgression II: Harris was tossed from Michigan's 18-point loss at Purdue on Saturday when he crumpled Purdue pest Chris Kramer with an overloaded elbow while squaring up into triple-threat position. Wolverines coach John Beilein defended Harris, saying it was not malicious and deserving of an ejection, but that heat-seeking clear-through qualified as excessive force. The Minutes is a Beilein fan, but two ejections in two games is troubling. He's got to get his players to keep their sharp edges away from the faces of Big Ten opponents.
You have got to be kidding me! Novak deserved the suspension for his elbow - nobody would argue with that. But to claim that Manny Harris's elbow was "overloaded" is just moronic and just reinforces the fact that Forde may be one of the biggest jokes in major college sport reporting. I'm sure that people will get over this quickly as recruiting season nears it end, but I can't get over just how negative ESPN has been about UM recently. Hell, they made a bigger deal about this elbow than the Houston kid DELIBERATELY stepping on Buddinger's (sp) face while playing against Arizona.