As Michigan prepares for its first national championship game since 1993, the hope is to have the starting five from the 1993 squad in attendance. Unfortunately, it will be difficult to get Chris Webber to join.
This year marks the 20-year anniversary of the "Fab Five," an amazing class of players that featured Webber, Jalen Rose, Ray Jackson, Jimmy King and Juwan Howard.
While four of the stars plan on joining the celebration, Rose made a public plea on Grantland's B.S. Report to encourage Webber to come as well.
The issue at hand is how the relationship has fallen apart over the past two decades. As Rose puts it in the video, “There has been a communication separation since we were all teammates.”
Webber took the brunt of the blame for the team’s loss to North Carolina in the 1993 national championship game. The forward called a timeout with only seconds remaining on the clock, but his team had none available, resulting in a technical foul.
In addition, the player’s dealings with booster Ed Martin caused the wins to be vacated and the school to be put on probation (via Sports Illustrated).
When ESPN brought the group together for a documentary, Webber refused to participate.
Still, Michigan’s current success would seemingly be a perfect time to celebrate the good from the past while overlooking the bad. The fact that he lives in Atlanta, the home of the 2013 Final Four, should provide even more motivation to attend.
In the end, however, it is up to Webber to decide whether to embrace his role in the school’s history.
It remains to be seen if the former Wolverines star will be in attendance to watch his alma mater face Louisville for the title.