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Webber's mandated separation with Michigan ends

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Former basketball standout Chris Webber's exile from Michigan is over.

The school's 10-year disassociation period with one of the prominent members of the Wolverines' "Fab Five" team of the 1990s ended Wednesday. The banishment was the result of the Ed Martin booster scandal and subsequent NCAA penalties.

Webber was one of four disassociated Michigan basketball players - Maurice Taylor, Robert Traylor and Louis Bullock -- who accepted more than $600,000 from Martin, who was the subject of a federal investigation and is now deceased.

As the No. 1 pick in the 1993 NBA Draft, Webber went on to a 15-year career in professional basketball.

In the fallout from the sanctions, Michigan removed banners from the school's 1992 and 1993 Final Four appearances. The players involved also were not permitted to assist with recruiting, donate to the athletic department or show up on campus.

Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon has suggested that Webber owes the school a policy and former Webber teammate Jalen Rose, now an ESPN analyst, agrees. But Webber has never offered to do so.

In April, Webber was spotted along with other "Fab Five" teammates in the crowd at the Final Four in Atlanta, where Michigan advanced to the national championship game.

Webber was not available for comment, according to several news organizations that tried to reach him.

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