He's the guy that set the program back with the Ellerbee hiring. Fisher had to go, but I would've preferred Dutcher stay on unless he too knew something fishy was going on but decided to turn a blind eye.
Question about Chris Webber
hard feelings. I loved the fab 5, and they are the reason I still hate Duke. As long as he has admitted publicly and apologize to the fans and the University, I'll welcome him back.
If the school insists on Webber apologizing, then I insist on the school apologizing....for hiring Brian Ellerbe. One did as much to kill the program as the other did.
Apples to oranges there is a difference between losing when your program is locked under a black cloud and knowingly breaking the rules and being a part of putting the black cloud in there in the first place.
My entire family is comprised of Ohio State fans. My Dad grew up in Northeast Ohio and was raised in a Buckeye family. My Mom graduated from Ohio State. My grandfather ran on the practice squad under Wes Fesler just before Woody Hayes showed up.
The Fab Five is the reason I began cheering for Michigan, which grew into full blown obsession. For purely selfish reasons, yes I would welcome him back with open arms.
but I wonder if C-Webb follows this blog, and if he does, what his feelings on us discussing it would be. I would say about 75% would be in favor of welcoming him back, and probably a higher percentage if an apology came with it. I do know that he tweets alot, especially on NBA thursday, as I read tons of his during the late hours while I'm at work. Maybe if he gets alot of positive tweets expressing how they would love to get that fence mended, that it could sway him. Like I said, just a thought. Take it for what it's worth.
But before we can talk Michigan...
I need him to apologize to me as a Wizards/Bullets fan.
was what he did with the money. He didn't have a lavish campus lifestyle and was never far away from big NBA money when he was here. That, and his silence makes me wonder if it was a Cam Newton-type situation, in that the money may have been for someone else.
I've read in various places that much or most of the money went to his parents.
that he made Michigan famous; that without him, Michigan basketball was nothing, and that's why he deserved to get paid for all the Webber jerseys Michigan sold during his time here.
Of course, he completely ignored the fact that Michigan had won a national championship just three years before he enrolled, and that UM had played in two NC games in the previous decades. He also seemed to be under the impression that the Fab Five could have gathered at any school, when in fact only a tiny number of programs at the time had the visibility and star power to entice five highly rated recruits to be part of the same class. Could Illinois or Oregon or Syracuse or Arizona have been able to do it, for example? or Michigan State? Highly unlikely. As far as I am aware, he's never publicly acknowledged that he owed at least as much to Michigan as UM owed to him. Until he does, and admit that his actions harmed the university in general and the basketball program in particular, he can stay the hell away.
That being said, what Louis Bullock did while at UM was even worse; he was just less visible as a player.
I don't think Webber should be allowed back into Crisler until he offers some sort of apology for the harm he did to the program.
But Bullock should be persona non grata forever.
Webber was a beast and my favorite all time Michigan basketball player. I would hug him long time and welcome him back any day.
I was a senior at Michigan when the Fab 5 were freshmen. I had lucky timing, having experienced the National title as a freshman in '89. That Fab 5 first tournament run was an AMAZING time to be on campus. Needless to say, I was a huge fan. I gave Webber the benefit of the doubt when the accusations started surfacing. I did not believe such a seemingly, nice, intelligent, talented kid would do something like that. I didn't want to believe it.
Now, I still love the rest of the Fab 5, especially Juwan and Jalen, but not so much Mr. Webber. Why not forgive?
1) He never admitted what was proven by a federal investigation;
2) While accepting the money, he was also crying poor, talking about all of the money Michigan made on his jerseys -- hypocrisy!
3) He DESTROYED the basketball program, along with the others. Only now is it coming back, after almost 20 years.
4) He never showed remorse for what he did to the program, his teammates (tarnished image, banners taken down, etc.), the university, future players, fans, etc.
5) What happened to Chris? What was his "punishment"? Make millions in the NBA? Sorry, but 10 years ban from the university was hardly a punishment. Of course, this is always true: players like Reggie Bush, Webber and Pryor never pay for hurting their schools.
So, no, I don't welcome him back with open arms. If he ever came clean, I might soften a bit, but I'll never think of him in a positive light again.
I think it is truly noble and devine to have the privilege to forgive someone. It allows us to be able to heal. We are all imperfect beings in an imperfect world. How wonderful is it that we can forgive unconditionally. I take my clues form the bible, " for he who is without sin, let him cast the first stone".
I have been wrong before and recieved forgiveness. That is the most fantastic feeling.
To all of those people who have a vindictive and unforgiving heart, I feel sorry for you, but I also forgive you, even if you don't ask for it.
RDT/WolverineInABag, is that you?