Ten years ago, the Michigan athletic department faced one of the darkest moments in its history.

The NCAA penalties from the Ed Martin booster violations became official, and the punishment included restrictions beyond Michigan's self-imposed sanctions.

One of the longest penalties was the "disassociation" of the four players — Chris Webber, Maurice Taylor, Robert Traylor and Louis Bullock — who violated rules by accepting more than $600,000 from Martin. (Traylor died in 2011.)

The public infractions report included the phrase "this disassociation shall be for at least 10 years," with the "at least" part included at the University's discretion. Not only do the players involved in the scandal have to want to reconnect with the University, but the school has to allow it, too. Reconciliation won't happen simply because Wednesday marks the 10-year anniversary.

Webber, a member of Michigan's Fab Five, was the No.1 pick in the 1993 NBA draft and subsequently enjoyed a 15-year career in the NBA. Because of Webber's role in the program's violations, Michigan removed banners celebrating the school's 1992 and 1993 Final Four appearances.

While Webber's Fab Five teammates have clamored for a public embrace now that reconciliation is allowed, the athletic department maintained this week that there is nothing to publicly state about that.

Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon, who took over the athletic department in 2010, told USA TODAY Sports in February that he has "good" relationships with a majority of the Fab Five members. He said then he has not met Webber, but he "looks forward to doing that one of these days."