Wake Forest's Radio Announcer Gave Game Prep Info to Opposing Teams?
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This is crazy. According to, Wake Forest is investigating their own radio analyst, Tommy Elrod, for giving game preparation information to opponents. Per the school's athletic department...

“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.

…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.
Yikes. Elrod played for Wake Forest as a walk-on QB from 1993-97, then served as a graduate assistant from 1999-2001, returned in 2003 and served for 11 years as an assistant coach under Jim Grobe. Here are statements from the AD and head coach...

Statement from Ron Wellman, Wake Forest Director of Athletics:

I have known Tommy Elrod since his days as a player on our football team. I’m deeply 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. All of us are now preparing for final exams and the Military Bowl and continuing to build an outstanding football program.

Statement from Dave Clawson, Wake Forest Head Football Coach:

I am extremely disappointed that our confidential and proprietary game preparation was compromised. 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. At this point, this is a matter for Ron Wellman and others to act on. My staff and I are focused on Temple and preparing the team for the Military Bowl.

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