Harris ejection part of a bigger problem

Updated: February 2, 2009, 3:26 PM ET
By Fran Fraschilla

Since leaving the sidelines for the broadcast booth, I have become a huge advocate for college basketball officials. They have the hardest job in the game because, in the eyes of coaches, players and the fans, only perfection will do. While that is an impossible standard, most officials at the Division I level do a great job.

It really bothered me that Michigan guard Manny Harris was ejected from the Wolverines' game at Purdue on Saturday. It seemed clear to me that, in pivoting to square up on the perimeter to clear space, he inadvertently caught Chris Kramer with an elbow that leveled him. However, it warranted a flagrant personal foul call and an ejection because of the extreme nature of the contact even though Harris seemed to make contact with no intent to injure. By rule, it was the correct call.