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Michigan, Webber 10-year disassociation ends
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On May 8, 2013 @ 1:36 pm In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Nicole Auerbach and Mark Snyder, USA TODAY Sports
Ten years ago, the Michigan athletic department faced one of the darkest moments in its history.
The NCAA penalties from the Ed Martin booster violations became official, and the punishment included restrictions beyond Michigan’s self-imposed sanctions.
One of the longest penalties was the “disassociation” of the four players — Chris Webber, Maurice Taylor, Robert Traylor and Louis Bullock — who violated rules by accepting more than $600,000 from Martin. (Traylor died in 2011.)
That disassociation period ended Wednesday.
Webber, a member of Michigan’s Fab Five, was the No.1 pick in the 1993 NBA draft and subsequently enjoyed a 15-year career in the NBA. Because of Webber’s role in the program’s violations, Michigan removed banners celebrating the school’s 1992 and 1993 Final Four appearances.
Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon, who took over the athletic department in 2010, told USA TODAY Sports in February that he has “good” relationships with a majority of the Fab Five members. He said then he has not met Webber, but he “looks forward to doing that one of these days.”
“I believe the more time that passes, the more we all remember the positive things about those teams, the Fab Five,” Brandon said. “There were more than five guys on those teams, and those guys accomplished some very important things that really changed the direction of basketball at the University of Michigan. I give them all the credit in the world — all of them.”
While there has been significant clamor from Webber’s Fab Five teammates for a public embrace now that a reconciliation is allowed, the athletic department maintained this week that there is nothing to publicly state about that. The public infractions report included the phrase “this disassociation shall be for at least 10 years,” with the “at least” part included at the University’s discretion.
The 10-year disassociation required that the four players could not assist in recruiting, donate to the athletic department or offer current players any benefit not publicly available. The players’ personal records also were removed. When new murals or photo galleries have gone up in the renovated Crisler Center or the Player Development Center, none of the four … [For more on Michigan's 10-year disassociation with Chris Webber ends, click here.]
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