Jalen Rose says Steve Fisher 'got screwed' by Michigan, shouldn't have been fired
ANN ARBOR -- Jalen Rose is never short on opinions.
Whether they're for his job as a basketball analyst for ESPN, aimed at the removal of the Michigan basketball program's Final Four banners or the legacy left behind by the famed "Fab Five," Rose usually has something to say.
And, when it comes to former Michigan coach Steve Fisher, Rose -- not surprisingly -- has a strong take.
During a golf outing in Detroit on Monday, Rose spoke with the Detroit Free Press about his former college coach -- who was in attendance for the outing -- and the events surrounding his firing from Michigan in 1997.
"I think he got screwed," Rose told the Free Press in an interview at the event. "I don't think he deserved the way he was ousted. I don't think it was fair. I think it was an overreaction.
"And he's shown that by creating a program that has been, over the last few years, better than the one at Michigan."
Michigan fired Fisher -- who won the school's only national championship in 1989 -- in 1997 in the wake of the Ed Martin recruiting scandal that rocked the program, eventually leading to NCAA and school-imposed sanctions, as well as the removal of Rose's beloved Final Four banners.
Fisher is about to enter his 14th season at San Diego State, where he's posted a sparkling 258-157 record, as well as three straight NCAA Tournament appearances.