On Saturday, unranked Wake Forest gave No. 5 Louisville quite the scare, going up 12-0 early and holding a lead into the fourth quarter. Ultimately, the Cardinals scored 34 fourth-quarter points and handily took the 44-12 win.
But could there have been something fishy about that 44-point comeback? Officials at Wake Forest think so. According to a report by the Winston-Salem Journal, officials at Wake Forest are investigating how documents related to their game plan could have wound up in Louisville’s possession.
“We are concerned that there was some type of security breach,’’ coach Dave Clawson told Dan Collins of the Winston-Salem Journal. “I have shared it with [athletic director] Ron Wellman, and we’re doing everything we can to make sure all of our information and data is more secure moving forward.’’
According to Wellman, Clawson informed him of a potential breach on Friday after someone who traveled with the Deacons said they discovered documents at Papa Johns Cardinal Stadium. Wellman did not specify what the documents were or what kind of game-plan information they contained.
After the documents were discovered, Wellman said he contacted Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich, who was unavailable at the time. Since then, representatives at Louisville have been in contact with Wake Forest. Wake Forest also contacted the ACC over the matter.
“Since that time we have been looking at various possibilities and haven’t come up with anything for certain at this point,’’ Wellman said. “But we will continue to review everything that we do and investigate how this might have happened and make sure it doesn’t happen in the future.’’
While Louisville coach Bobby Petrino has been involved in his fair share of scandals over his 33-year coaching career, he has never been accused of cheating. Petrino’s tenure included stints at Auburn as offensive coordinator in 2002 and as the Arkansas head coach from 2008 to 2011.
When asked about the investigation, Petrino denied any knowledge of the situation.
“I have no knowledge of the situation,’’ Petrino said in an email to the Winston-Salem Journal. “We take a lot of pride in the way we operate our program. As I’ve stated already this season, my coaching philosophy has always been to play the game with sportsmanship.”
Wellman said that it “may be weeks” before the investigation is resolved.