Chris Webber

Chris Webber is going back to school -- just not like you'd expect.

The former Michigan Wolverine who left school early for the NBA -- and never went back to finish his degree -- is now jumping over to the other side of the academic scene. He's going to teach a graduate course at Wake Forest University, contributing to its new Master of Arts in Sports Storytelling program.

Webber was announced as a "professor of practice" in the program, which will start in fall 2016. Webber will teach a class on sports, race and society.

"I'm excited to bring real-life experience to the program. Sports are my passion and telling stories about sports is my new career," Webber said in a statement, according to the Winston-Salem Journal. "I've been involved with the NBA for nearly 25 years, and I understand firsthand how sports, business, race, gender and economics mesh."

Webber was a five-time NBA All-Star before retiring and getting into broadcasting. He works for Turner Sports as an analyst for both college basketball and the NBA.

It's an interesting move to hire as a faculty member someone who didn't even earn his bachelor's, but Webber has plenty of real-world insight to contribute in the classroom -- plenty of experience you can't gain in the classroom. In that sense, he's a compelling hire, and possibly a very smart one.

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