Chris Webber and Jalen Rose get fired up during Michigan's NCAA title game against North Carolina in 1993. (Paul Sancya / Associated Press)
Former Michigan Fab Five member Jalen Rose has been outspoken over the years about the school’s treatment of the controversial Wolverines teammates who played in back-to-back national championship games in 1992 and 1993.
Rose talked with Matt Dery on 105.1 FM on Thursday about several topics, including U-M recognizing the Fab Five, and Chris Webber and his association with the other four members — Rose, Juwan Howard, Ray Jackson and Jimmy King.
All five were together at the Georgia Dome for the Final Four — Webber in a suite and the other four in the crowd — but didn’t meet face-to-face. Rose said it was indicative of the relationship Webber has had with the others.
“There’s clearly a disconnect and it’s unfortunate, but it is what it is,” Rose said Thursday.
As a result of the Ed Martin scandal, Michigan had a 10-year disassociation period from Webber as one of the sanctions. That period ended last year, but there hasn’t been any movement to make amends on the part of either the university or the Fab Five.
U-M athletic director Dave Brandon has said that Webber would need to apologize for there to be any acknowledgement from Michigan. Webber hasn’t addressed the issue publicly in the past few years.
Rose lamented that there is no significant recognition for the Fab Five’s accomplishments in the Crisler Center, which underwent a renovation but is still famously without the Fab Five’s two Final Four banners, which also were removed as part of the sanctions in the Martin scandal.
Steve Fisher, who coached the U-M teams and is now the head coach at San Diego State, also has been left out.
“Steve Fisher at University of Michigan, coached in three national championship games and won a national championship,” Rose said. “There’s not a picture of Steve Fisher to be found. The Fab Five played in two national championship games — there’s not a picture of all five of us to be found.”
Rose said that aside from Webber, the other four members have had contact and haven’t had any problems; Webber is the holdout.
“The only time the Fab Five has been in same place at same time since 1993 was the Final Four, when we were there to watch Michigan play. Four of us were all for one and one for all,” Rose said. “For whatever reason, Chris wasn’t inclined to hang out with us.”