Chris Webber drops clue he’ll be captain for Michigan game vs. Penn State

The Detroit News
Chris Webber

It appears Chris Webber, the centerpiece of Michigan’s iconic Fab Five, will be making his return to Ann Arbor in November.

Back in June, Webber accepted football coach Jim Harbaugh’s invitation to be an honorary captain for a game of his choosing this season. And on Friday, Webber posted “11.3.18” along with the words “Coming Home” on his Instagram.

The date, Nov. 3, coincides with Michigan’s home game against Penn State.

When Harbaugh extended the offer to Webber during a radio interview on WTKA-AM 1050, Webber was touched and said he was “definitely going to be a part of it.”

“I would definitely be honored, coach, and you know I would do anything for you,” Webber said at the time. “You know, the No. 4s at Michigan, we’ve got to stick together."

It appears to be a step toward Webber mending his strained relationship with Michigan. After he starred for the Wolverines and helped them reach the national title game in 1992 and 1993, both losses, his name became closely tied to former booster Ed Martin and a $600,000-plus payment scandal.

It led to the NCAA mandating a 10-year disassociation between Webber and Michigan — a penalty that ended in 2013 — and both the 1992 and 1993 Final Four banners being taken down at Crisler Center.

Since the ban has been lifted, basketball coach John Beilein said he has been trying to “build bridges” between Webber and the program, and has reached out to him numerous times.

However, there’s no indication Webber’s return to campus will have anything to do with a possible Fab Five reunion, although Webber has made it known he would like to reunite with former teammates Jalen Rose, Juwan Howard, Jimmy King and Ray Jackson at some point in the future.

The Michigan men’s basketball team will open its season against Norfolk State on Nov. 6 at Crisler Center.

"There's nothing I would want more than (a reunion), and I think we're on the right path for that, but I think there has to be conversation organically," Webber said in June.

"For the fans I want to do it, for myself, for my family, for hoopers. It's something I think we're working toward."