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Michigan’s Fab Five, including Chris Webber, in attendance for title game

Apr 8, 2013, 10:45 PM EDT


It had been rumored that the entire Fab Five would be in attendance to watch Michigan’s national title game tilt with Louisville.  Jimmy King, Ray Jackson and Jalen Rose, with the possibility of Juwan Howard as well. But the one wild card was Chris Webber.

Webber was hit with a 10-year no-contact penalty stemming from sanctions handed down by the NCAA for violations that occurred during his two-year career with the  Wolverines. Both Final Fours those teams made were vacated as a result as well.

Turns out he is at the national title game tonight.

CBS showed footage of the former All-Big Ten selection and NBA All-Star prior to the game. Webber will be reportedly be in attendance, “high above” as Jim Nance said, watching the game.

Webber’s no-contact clause ends in a few months, but he is within his legal rights to attend the game, so long as he doesn’t have contact with anyone around the program while he’s there.

This is just cool. Webber, like it or not, was the key player on those two Michigan teams that made back-to-back national title games. The Wolverines are entering their first NCAA title game since his sophomore year in 1993, his final year with the team.

(Photo courtesy of Chris Webber’s Twitter @realchriswebber.)

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  1. cullimon - Apr 8, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    He also called “the timeout”

  2. goodfellas17 - Apr 8, 2013 at 11:28 PM

    Terrible refs in the final game. Bad bad bad. You don’t call clear fouls but call non fouls. Not a fan of Michigan or Louisville but Michigan is getting shafted.

  3. mtheparrothead - Apr 8, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    Timeout jokes. Wow. Original.

  4. srkalov1 - Apr 9, 2013 at 1:02 AM

    You must not be a fan of basketball either. Michigan made foul after foul under the basket and got called for it only a few times. Also Mich was in the double bonus halfway through the second half and Louisville got there in the last min of the game. So please look at the numbers and the game before claiming the refereeing was unfair. Also the timeout jokes exist because it was one of the most idiotic plays in NCAA tournament history in many people’s opinion.

  5. gerryb323 - Apr 9, 2013 at 1:18 AM

    What timeout? What back to back title teams? According to the NCAA, those games never happened! Nor did KU beating Memphis a few years back!

  6. mydoglouie - Apr 9, 2013 at 3:09 AM

    Ahhh the hypocrisy of the NCAA.

  7. mtheparrothead - Apr 9, 2013 at 7:10 AM

    Thanks for the history lesson.

  8. jrs45 - Apr 9, 2013 at 7:49 AM

    You jinxed the Webber!

  9. allen227 - Apr 9, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    That’s a classy move on his part.

  10. johnelwayishorsefaced - Apr 9, 2013 at 2:24 PM

    Do you guys remember how last time Michigan made it this far they were confirmed cheaters who eventually forfeited all their wins for the season? TIME OUT!!!

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