Jim Harbaugh/Jamie Morris conversation...

Submitted by k06em01 on November 19th, 2009 at 11:22 PM

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." [10]

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." [11][12]

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."[13]

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."[14]

Comments

SysMark

November 19th, 2009 at 11:27 PM ^

...has some issues. Suffice it to say I'm pretty sure this guy will never be the UM football coach. I think he at one point may have thought he could be. No idea what his motivation is but at this point it really doesn't mater.

We have our coach

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TrppWlbrnID

November 19th, 2009 at 11:27 PM ^

i like both morris and i like harbaugh, not sure why hart is in there, but i like him too. i am sorry that the two don't get along, but i am not going to pretend like i would not blush like a 10 year old girl if i were to meet either of them.

these guys just need to do it old school style, behind closed doors say everything you need to say, in front of the fans and cameras - smiles and backslaps.

los barcos

November 19th, 2009 at 11:34 PM ^

because mvictors just put up a piece about a radio show with morris (i actually clicked this link thinking thats what it was about).

http://mvictors.com/?p=5597

to make a long story short, jaime morris wasnt exactly glowing in his support of richrod. he also said that if rich was to be fired, and harbaugh was hired, he would be a "Welcome addition"

fwiw

stuartcollis

December 30th, 2014 at 1:19 AM ^

How many people are willing to say Harbaugh was wrong now?  He was 100% right and those who said that he would never be our coach or that Harbaugh was in the wrong are now being shown that they were incorrect.  I hope that the posters above are no longer blind as some of the NFL reporters are.