In May 2007, Harbaugh, then the Stanford football coach, made critical comments about Michigan's football program to the San Francisco Chronicle. He was quoted as saying: "Michigan is a good school and I got a good education there, but the athletic department has ways to get borderline guys in and, when they’re in, they steer them to courses in sports communications. They’re adulated when they're playing, but when they get out, the people who adulated them won't hire them." 
Morris told The Detroit News that, as a result of Harbaugh's comments, "We've dissolved our friendship." Morris described his conversation with Harbaugh as follows: Morris: "Jim, here's my question for you — do you really believe the comments you said, or are you saying them to make you look good?" Harbaugh: "I believe them." Morris: "Would you have said it if Bo was alive?" Harbaugh: "That's not the point." Morris: "That's exactly the point. You didn't hurt Michigan, you hurt your coach, and you hurt the guys you played with. These are the teammates you turned your back on." At that point, Morris says the discussion became heated, and Morris told Harbaugh: "We're not friends anymore. You lose my number, I lose yours." 
Morris also criticized Harbaugh in an August 2007 radio interview, saying: "These comments were geared at Bo. If Bo was alive today he'd of got on a plane and whooped Jimmy's butt. Because that's not true…what he said about Michigan. ... If you’re man enough to say those comments, you should have said it when Bo was alive."
Stung by the public criticism, Harbaugh told ESPN: "I'm not going to allow those comments to define who I am. Mike Hart and Jamie Morris are not the makers of the Michigan man list. I put in the blood, sweat and tears to prove I belong on that list."