WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.-- A Wake Forest Football announcer has been fired after an investigation revealed he leaked confidential game plan information to Louisville and other schools, the Wake Forest Athletic Department announced Tuesday.
The department says based on emails, text messages, and phone records, Tommy Elrod, a radio announcer for Wake Forest football games, provided or attempted to provide game preparations on multiple occasions, starting in 2014.
The investigation comes after the Wake Forest-Louisville game on November 12. Wake Forest football staff members found documents left behind by Louisville that showed the Cardinals were prepared for certain plays, raising suspicions of a security breach.
Elrod is a Wake Forest grad and played football for the Demon Deacons from 1993-1997. He was hired as a graduate assistant under former head coach Jim Grobe and held multiple positions for 11 seasons. Elrod was not retained by current head coach Dave Clawson and joined the Wake Forest IMG Radio Network in 2014 as a football analyst covering football for the Demon Deacs.
Wake Forest says Elrod has been banned from Wake Forest athletics and its facilities. Elrod has been banned from Wake Forest athletics and its facilities.
The department says no members of the Wake Forest athletic department, football staff or players were involved in any way in these actions.
Former Wake Forest football coach Jim Grobe comments on scandal:
Statement from Louisville
Wake Forest University released information on Tuesday from their findings of an investigation from an incident that occurred around the Demon Deacons’ football game with the University of Louisville on Nov. 12. Below is a statement from UofL Vice President and Director of Athletics Tom Jurich.
“We have looked further into the matter surrounding the Wake Forest information released on Tuesday.
Our offensive coordinator Lonnie Galloway and Tommy Elrod have known each other since 2007. Lonnie received a call from Elrod during the week of the Wake Forest game, and some information was shared with him that week.
Among the communication were a few plays that were sent and then shared with our defensive staff. None of the special plays were run during the course of the game. Our defense regularly prepares for similar formations every week in their normal game plan.
Any other information that may have been discussed was nothing that our staff had not already seen while studying Wake Forest in their preparations for the game and the material was not given any further attention. I’m disappointed that this issue has brought undue attention to our football staff as we prepare for our upcoming bowl game.”
The ACC also released the following statement:“Protecting competitive integrity is fundamental to the Atlantic Coast Conference. The conference office is in the process of obtaining the internal findings from Wake Forest University. Based on the information provided, and any other information obtained, the league office will perform its due diligence, and as necessary, additional discussions and actions will occur.”
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