Chris Webber last worked an NCAA game as a Michigan star in 1993, when he famously had some trouble keeping track of the Wolverines' timeouts in a championship game loss to North Carolina.
Now he is back in a new role, as a first-time game analyst for the CBS/Turner crew. He will join Marv Albert and Len Elmore, starting with Friday's Kansas vs. New Mexico State game in Omaha, Nebraska.
"I'm excited about it, to be back in college, all of the energy," he said. "I don't know if anyone in college has gone through what I've gone through, the highs and lows. So when I see kids dancing and I see them crying, I know exactly what they're thinking."
After his playing days Webber was a central figure in a scandal involving payments from booster Ed Martin, which among other things led to a forced 10-year disassociation between Webber and the Michigan program.
Webber said as far back as their high school days, he and newly minted Final Four analyst Grant Hill would discuss getting into the announcing business someday.
"We would always talk about this," he said. "We would talk about playing, but we'd talk about commentating . . . I am just happy to be with the kids. This will be fun."