A radio commentator for Wake Forest’s football games “provided or attempted to provide” insights about the Demon Deacons’ up and coming courses of action to rivals amid the previous three seasons, as indicated by the discoveries of an inward examination led by the college.
The investigation resulted taking after Wake Forest’s 44-12 misfortune to Louisville on Nov. 12 when staff individuals found materials deserted by Louisville demonstrated the Cardinals were set up for plays the Demon Deacons had not keep running some time recently.
The college’s discharge set fault on Tommy Elrod, a former Wake Forest player, graduate colleague and full-time right-hand mentor who was terminated, alongside the whole guiding staff, taking after the 2013 season.
“Based on emails, text messages, and phone records,” the university said in a statement, Elrod “provided or attempted to provide confidentially and proprietary game preparation on multiple occasions” starting in 2014 when Elrod was employed as an investigator on the Wake Forest IMG Radio Network.
“No members of the Wake Forest athletic department, football staff or players were involved in any way in these actions,” the college said.
Elrod has been let go by the radio system and banned from Wake Forest’s athletic office and offices.
It’s a story so insane it could just happen in the game of school football, which tends to incline toward the crazy: The home-group radio host, a mentor let go and supplanted by the present staff, releasing classified data to the school’s opponents.
“I am extremely disappointed that our confidential and proprietary game preparation was compromised,” said Wake Forest mentor Dave Clawson, who was employed in 2014. “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.
“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. I am glad we have taken steps to ensure it will not happen in the future.”
Said athletics director Ron Wellman:
“I have known Tommy Elrod since his days as a player on our football team. I’m profoundly disappointed that he would act against Wake Forest, our football team and our fans in such a harmful manner by compromising confidential game preparation information.
“It is a relief that the team can move forward without his actions further undermining the positive strides Dave Clawson, his staff and the team have made.”