Coach John Beilein sees similarities between Villanova and Loyola, and shares his philosophy on the athletic training and development of recruits. "You're not amassing talent, you're building a team."
San Antonio — Michigan coach John Beilein said the program has “embraced” the Fab Five and he’s hopeful that one day the group of Ray Jackson, Juwan Howard, Jalen Rose, Chris Webber and Jimmy King will be officially honored.
“The university acknowledges that team,” Beilein said. “The NCAA has just put certain restrictions on that team for what we can do. We love the Fab Five, and we continue to reach out to the Fab Five and that team. It wasn't just five guys on that team, now. That was a team of champions as well.
“That period is over with. But we are doing everything we can and then everything else lines up to — we have a lot of things still going on in the future. We have more banners to raise. We have more jerseys to raise over time. Just stay tuned to all that.”
In 2002, Webber was disassociated from the program for 10 years — a penalty that ended in 2013 — after being linked to former booster Ed Martin in a payment scandal that led to both the 1992 and 1993 Final Four banners being taken down at Crisler Center.
While King, Jackson, Rose and Howard have had a relationship with the program, Webber’s still remains a sore subject. Regardless, Beilein said he won’t stop trying to bring the group back to campus.
“When you have the NCAA violations in there, that's a time that it takes some time to heal,” Beilein said. “But I'm looking forward to the times when we get everybody in that group together and all of that isn't under our control, if you understand that. That's not all under our control.
“And if invitations are sent and they're not accepted, then that's okay. We just keep doing it. But one day, The Supremes (said it), one day we'll be together. We'll get it all together at one time.”