Barry Odom had a similar reaction many coaches likely had when learning about the “Wakeyleaks” scandal at Wake Forest, which featured a radio analyst leaking game plans to opposing coaches — one of concern.
Odom may not be involved with the incident, but he still commented with his reaction to the saga in a story from Dave Matter of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Friday.
“I’m concerned about every part of that,” Odom said, according to Matter. “We have a lot of people in our office. Trust is a hard thing to gain and a very easy thing to lose. I worry about it greatly. I’ve worked my entire life to get in this position. The things you’ve worked tirelessly for, what you’re about, I want to keep that to myself.”
The scandal has had an effect at just more than Wake Forest. Louisville offensive coordinator Lonnie Galloway was suspended for the Citrus Bowl after it was reported he accepted game plan information from former radio analyst Tommy Elrod, who had been leaking the info.
Odom told Matter that he’s never been offered an opposing team’s playbook or tips on game plans.
“There’s always a right or wrong way to do things,” Odom said, according to Matter. “I’m a firm believer that it’s always going to come back and get you. I’ve got enough things to worry about to make sure I make the right calls at the right time. I want to trust in me. I don’t want to trust in somebody else, what they see or worked for them because everyone’s a little different.
“Now in the offseason we’ll get together (with other staffs) and share ideas, not specifically about other teams but about your structure defensively or the way you run Cover 2. You always share those ideas. For me, sharing information about another opponent, I spend enough time to make sure I go through my checklist then searching for other stuff.”