Jamie Morris' sudden departure from the Michigan athletic department back in April raised some eyebrows, mainly because of the whispers about why he was let go. The word on the street, if you will, was that Morris lied about why someone was using a department-issued vehicle after the car was involved in an accident. That was never originally confirmed, but AnnArbor.com filed a Freedom of Information Act request and obtained documents backing up the rumblings.â†µ
Neither the university nor Morris will discuss the specifics of the allegations, which are outlined in personnel records and a fiery termination letter written by athletic director Dave Brandon.â†µ
According to that letter, Morris was fired for allowing a football quality control staff member to drive a courtesy car normally reserved for a coach or administrator for nearly a month without authorization. And when that vehicle was involved in a crash, Morris told multiple stories about what happened, the letter says.â†µ
Morris tried to cover the whole incident up, and as is usually the case, the cover up is what got him in the most trouble and cost him his job. Had Morris told the truth and was up front about what happened, he likely would have been in trouble, but would the situation have got him canned? It's obviously unclear, but Morris would have given himself a better chance of not being fired by just being honest about the whole situation.â†µ
Morris is now, fittingly, working for Randy Wise Chevrolet Buick of Milan.