The University of Michigan is still dealing with the Chris Webber era, including the infamous timeout called by Webber at the end of the 1993 national championship game. And according to former Fab Five teammate Jalen Rose, Webber is still dealing with it as well.
The Fab Five wanted to be known as the bunch that gave birth to baggy shorts, bald heads and black socks while playing with a cocky, hip-hop style. Now to most they’re known as the group that had their records, banners, awards and contributions vacated by the University of Michigan and the NCAA for their bad decisions and corruption. Webber, who had the biggest contributions to the team’s successes, also had the biggest contribution in the team’s failures.
The university has been mandated to be “disassociated” from all things Fab Five until 2013. In his sophomore campaign in 1993, Webber was a first team All-American, a finalist for the John R. Wooden Award and Naismith College Player of the Year. These have all been vacated. Webber also received over $200,000 from a Wolverine booster Ed Martin while playing basketball for Michigan. He was convicted of perjury and banned from any affiliation with the Michigan program until 2013.
As if that wasn’t enough, the biggest scarring for Webber, according to Rose, is from the timeout called by Webber that Michigan didn’t have. Rose recently spoke to Bill Simmons about his relationship with Webber:
“I don’t talk to him as much as I should. It’s actually disappointing. We’ve never had an argument, we’ve never had a disagreement, we’ve never had a beef. And he may or may not ever admit this, I think that timeout really screwed him up emotionally. To the point where he wanted to disassociate himself with the entire Michigan scenario. He wants to act like it never happened. And so a domino effect of that has been the relationships with not just me, with other members of the Fab Five.”
It’ll be interesting to see if Webber tries to re-connect with his alma mater once the ban is lifted. Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon has said that he would like Webber to apologize before he is welcomed back to the Michigan basketball community. I’ll go out on a limb and said that the fire won’t be rekindled anytime soon.
Rose would like things to change though. “He’s definitely a family member,” Rose said. “He’s a brother. That’s my brother, that’s my little brother.”
Whatever you say, Jalen. Ann Arborites sure treat their little brothers oddly – in this case and on the football field.