Monday, January 25, 2010
Harris reinstated for Spartans game
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Michigan's chances to pull off an upset against No. 5 Michigan State on Tuesday night improved when Wolverines coach John Beilein decided to reinstate star guard Manny Harris after a one-game suspension for an undisclosed incident in Friday's practice.
Beilein said what Harris did doesn't happen as much as it used to, but deflected questions toward a statement he made in a release announcing his decision.
"It is our hope that Manny will show tremendous growth from his suspension," Beilein said in the statement.
Harris was not made available for comment to reporters Monday.
"I made a poor decision during Friday's practice which I regret very much," Harris said in a statement sent by the school.
Michigan State guard Kalin Lucas said he talked to Harris after he missed Saturday's loss at Purdue.
"Manny is very important to them," Lucas said. "He does a lot for them -- scoring, rebounding, assists."
Michigan forward DeShawn Sims said the team was "back to normal," after the suspension. He knows the team has to start winning soon to avoid a disappointing finish in a season that started with it ranked No. 15 in The Associated Press poll.
"We know we have to come out every time and give our best effort or there won't be too much of a shot for a postseason," Sims said.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.