University of Michigan police are investigating threatening tweets that tagged head football coach Jim Harbaugh, a department spokeswoman confirmed Tuesday afternoon.
Police were made aware of a string of Twitter posts Monday night from one account that mentioned Michigan’s open carry law for firearms as well as “calling the morgue.” Harbaugh’s Twitter handle was tagged as part of the string of posts. The tweets, which came from an account claiming to be a player once associated with Harbaugh’s Michigan team, have since been deleted.
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.
University police spokeswoman Melissa Overton 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.
“Safety is always our No. 1 priority,” Overton said. “I can’t go into any details about it, but that is our No. 1 priority.”
Michigan’s athletic department and a spokesman for the football team did not respond to phone calls seeking more information.