A former Wake Forest coach turned radio announcer leaked game plan information to some of the Demon Deacons’ opponents in what could be the craziest on-field scandal in college football this season.
An investigation by Wake Forest found that former assistant coach and radio analyst Tommy Elrod had provided game plan information to opposing teams “on multiple occassions” since 2014. Wake Forest conducted an investigation into possible leaks when Louisville reportedly obtained some of the Demon Deacons’ game plan before their matchup Nov. 12. The Cardinals, who will face LSU in the Citrus Bowl, won that game 44-12.
Wake Forest fired Elrod from his position on the Demon Deacons’ radio broadcasts and banned him from Wake Forest athletics and facilities.
Athletic director Ron Wellman said in a statement that he was “deeply disappointed” by Elrod’s actions.
“It is a relief that the team can move forward without his actions further undermining the positive strides (head coach) Dave Clawson, his staff and the team have made,” Wellman said.
Clawson had even stronger words for Elrod’s actions.
“It’s incomprehensible that a former Wake Forest student-athlete, graduate-assistant, full-time football coach, and current radio analyst for the school, would betray his alma mater,” Clawson said in a statement. “We allowed him to have full access to our players, team functions, film room, and practices. He violated our trust which negatively impacted our entire program.”
Elrod had served on the Demon Deacons’ staff for 11 years. He was not retained when Clawson became the head coach in 2014, which is when he joined the radio broadcast team. That is the same year Wake Forest said he started sharing game plan information with other teams.
Here’s part of the press release from Wake Forest on the matter:
Following the Louisville football game on November 12, Wake Forest conducted a thorough investigation to determine if confidential and proprietary game preparation information had been compromised. The investigation was not limited to the situation with Louisville and was comprehensive in nature. The investigation determined the following:
- Based on emails, text messages and phone records, Tommy Elrod, a radio announcer for Wake Forest football games, provided or attempted to provide confidential and proprietary game preparations on multiple occasions, starting in 2014.
- No members of the Wake Forest athletic department, football staff or players were involved in any way in these actions.
Tommy Elrod is an alumnus of Wake Forest and was a member of the football team from 1993-1997. He later was hired as a graduate assistant under Jim Grobe and held multiple positions for 11 seasons. He was not retained by Dave Clawson and joined the Wake Forest IMG Radio Network in 2014 as a football analyst covering Wake Forest football. Elrod has been terminated immediately from his position at IMG and will no longer broadcast Wake Forest football games. He has been banned from Wake Forest athletics and its facilities.
Wake Forest has notified all the appropriate entities related to these activities, and has taken steps to enhance security of game preparation activities. The University is satisfied with the actions taken and will have no further comment on the details of its investigation at this time.