It's been almost exactly 20 years since Maurice Taylor's Ford Explorer flipped over on Feb. 17, 1996, sending our basketball program into the depths. Bad news continues to plague the people who were in the vehicle that day:
Mateen Cleaves, the recruit who was out for a good time that night, was charged today with sexual assault, and the case sounds nasty.
Maurie Taylor was banned from the Michigan program for 10 years after being implicated in the Ed Martin scandal.
Louis Bullock suffered the same punishment - banishment for 10 years.
Robert Traylor died in 2011.
Only Willie Mitchell and Ron Oliver have escaped the curse. I have no idea what Mitchell is doing now, but Google says that after tranferring from U-M to UAB, he spent a lot of years bouncing around basketball's minor leagues and foreign leagues. I hope he's OK.
Ron Oliver appears to be doing great. He's currently the Director of Basketball Operations at Florida Atlantic after spending 15 years in various positions in the NBA and college.