Fox is hoping to put its No. 1 team of Joe Buck and Troy Aikman in its “Thursday Night Football” booth in the wake of Peyton Manning turning down the opportunity, sources told The Post.
Sources said that the tandem wants to work together, and they have no desire to split up.
If Manning had signed, not only would there have been extra games, but sources said Buck and Manning would have had to do several practice runs, which would have made Buck’s schedule even more difficult. With Aikman, Buck will not have to do any extra practice as the duo has been working together for 17 years, which includes five Super Bowls.
Besides Manning and now Aikman, Fox has brought in the retired Joe Thomas and Carson Palmer for tryouts, as well as the Cowboys’ Jason Witten. Kurt Warner and current Panther Greg Olsen have been considered. The tryouts were not necessarily for Thursday nights, and all could be considered for other positions.
The tweets, which came from an account claiming to be a player once associated with Harbaugh’s Michigan team, have since been deleted.
A spokesman for the football team confirmed Tuesday evening that the player in question left the program last November.
Officers from the university police department were in and around the football training facility on campus Tuesday, according to sources within the program. The Ann Arbor Police Department has also been notified about the potential threat.
Melissa Overton, the university police deputy chief and spokesperson, said she couldn’t go into details about her department’s involvement because it is an ongoing investigation, but added that if there was a concern for public safety they would have sent out a crime alert to let those near campus know. She said that has not happened as of Tuesday afternoon.