Ezekiel Elliott fires back at Harbaugh after coach roasts OSU AD

Former Ohio State RB Ezekiel Elliott is about five weeks away from joining a new team via the 2016 NFL Draft, but he still has his alma mater's back.

A Twitter brouhaha erupted on Tuesday when Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith took a shot at Michigan's football program, which recently held a portion of its spring practices at IMG Academy in Florida.

It's fair to say the UM program has already been jump-started (it won 10 games last season). Naturally, Wolverines coach Jim Harbaugh, who fully embraces airing grievances through social media, couldn't help but take to Twitter to respond with a shot at Smith, referencing the OSU scandal that led to a bowl ban, the vacating of the 2010 season and resignation of head coach Jim Tressel.

Elliott was having none of it. He struck back at Harbaugh in short order, making mention of OSU's 42-13 win over UM in Ann Arbor last fall.

Elliott wasn't the only OSU prospect to chime in. Linebacker Darron Lee and wide receiver Michael Thomas had rebuttals, too.

To cap it all off (for now), Smith apologized for his role in the skirmish on Wednesday morning.

Smith made sure to mention Michigan's AD by name (Manuel) but not Harbaugh. That's some good Twitter beefing, fellas. We're more interested in seeing the rivalry play out on the field, but this will have to hold us over until Nov. 26, the next time the two teams will meet.

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