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With two words and three exclamation points, Chris Webber kicked off what promises to be a fascinating chapter in the history of Michigan athletics -- the reunion between the Wolverines and one of their most controversial stars.
Webber's simple tweet landed at exactly midnight -- the precise end of his 10-year punishment by the NCAA for the Ed Martin scandal. During that period, the school wasn't allowed to associate with Webber, meaning there was no chance of a reconciliation for the school and the Fab Five.
Webber was accused of taking 280,000 from Martin and pled guilty to criminal contempt in a plea deal that avoided charges of perjury. The Wolverines served four years of probation as well as other punishments because of the scandal, which also included Maurice Taylor, Robert Traylor and Louis Bullock. Taylor and Bullock's 10-year sentences ended in 2012. Traylor died in 2011.
For most of that decade, Webber seemed perfectly happy to have left Michigan and the basketball program behind. He didn't take part in the Fab Five documentary, choosing to focus on his blossoming career as an NBA analyst.
Last month, however, Webber showed up at the national championship game between Louisville and the Wolverines. He chose not to sit with his college teammates, but his presence in the building was seen as a positive sign.
On Tuesday, the last day of his ban, Webber tweeted about his plans to write a book, and verified that his Michigan years will be a major part of the narrative.
Then, like he had been listening to Dick Clark's countdown, he posted his enigmatic tweet at the very second he was allowed back into the Michigan family.
Now, he must wait to see if he will be welcomed back with open arms.
Michigan president Mary Sue Coleman has said she doesn't expect the Fab Five's Final Four banners to ever see the light of day again, and athletic director Dave Brandon stated that any reconciliation would have to start with an apology from Webber.
To date, Webber has never come close to apologizing for his part in the scandal.
Michigan has also made little attempt to change its relationship with Taylor and Bullock or make any posthumous recognition of Traylor. The 1997 NIT banner hasn't been put back up, nor has the one for the 1998 Big Ten tournament championship.
But the other three players never had the star power that Webber brought to the school. If not for the scandal, his jersey would almost certainly be hanging in the Crisler Center rafters -- possibly in the spot now reserved for Trey Burke.
It's the Fab Five that Michigan fans want to see, not the 1997 and 1998 teams, and Webber, Coleman and Brandon can now begin work on making that happen.
Webber started the process on Twitter. Where things will go next is anyone's guess.
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Chris Webber took to Twitter on Tuesday night to discuss what he had been up to lately and to say that he was going to have a special announcement coming soon.
I’m good! Just writing- writing – writing!
— Chris Webber (@realchriswebber) May 8, 2013
Yup! Yup! RT @thehoopexperts: @realchriswebber Are you working on a book now?? if So Please tell me its a biography
Rejoice and be glad - if you're a Michigan fan that is. Why? Well, Chris Webber, Maurice Taylor and Louis Bullock's 10 year long exile from any formal association with the University of Michigan is over. They can now be a part of the program again, but let's also not pretend like the welcome mat is just going to be rolled out or a parade in Webber's honor...
Michigan’s ten year disassociation period with Chris Webber, Louis Bullock, Maurice Taylor and the late Robert “Tractor” Traylor officially came to a close on Wednesday.
While reconciliation between the University of Michigan and the banned players doesn’t necessarily seem imminent, there is enough tact involved in all parties’ comments to believe something could happen...
Former Fab Five member and Wolverines star Chris Webber is free to return home if he so likes. According to ESPN.com, the 10 year dissociation that the University of Michigan had with Webber, Maurice Taylor, and Luis Bullock has ended.
The three former Wolverines now will have to want to reconnect with the school. And the institution has to welcome them back as after they took...
With two letters and three exclamation points, Chris Webber kicked off what promises to be a fascinating chapter in the history of Michigan athletics -- the reunion between the Wolverines and one of their most controversial stars.
Webber's simple tweet landed at exactly midnight -- the precise end of his 10-year punishment by the NCAA for the Ed Martin scandal...
Former Michigan Wolverine Fab 5 member Chris Webber, Maurice Taylor, and Luis Bullocks have had their 10 year dissociation with the school ended. Per Thacover2, the 3 are now free to have contact with the school and reconnect if they choose to do so. Current Athletic Director Dave Brandon spoke on the former athletes and [...]
Chris Webber's mandated disassociation with the University of Michigan ended today. Players, AD, media sound off ow.ly/kQCeR
— Dylan Burkhardt (@umhoops) May 9, 2013
He's currently announcing the Warriors-Spurs game, which features Michigan State Spartan man Draymond Green.
The University of Michigan's 10-year dissociation from Chris Webber, Maurice Taylor and Louis Bullock has ended.
The former Wolverines have to want to reconnect with the school. And, the institution has to welcome them back after they were part of one of the biggest scandals in NCAA history.
Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon insisted the door is open.
Maurice Taylor and Louis Bullock are eager to reconnect with Michigan.
In their first interviews about the Ed Martin booster scandal, both former players told The Associated Press they hope to re-establish a relationship with the university now that a decade-long dissociation ordered by the NCAA has ended.
Taylor and Bullock said they both regret choices they made as young men...
Examiner.com will never be confused with The New York Times or even CNN, and perhaps one could forgive the online outlet for the above snafu - a news story on the Fab Five being allowed to associate with Michigan State again. Yes, we all remember Chris Webber and Jalen Rose suiting up for Sparty.
Har har, good for a laugh right? But what if I told you that was only the beginning...