Wake Forest Fires Football Radio Analyst For Leaking Game Plans To Opponents
December 13, 2016 at 4:06 PM (PT)
WAKE FOREST UNIVERSITY football radio analyst TOM ELROD has been fired after an investigation into the DEMON DEACONS' game plans being leaked to opponents determined that ELROD was the source of the material. The issue, which garnered the social media nickname "Wakeyleaks," came to a head after the LOUISVILLE game on NOVEMBER 12th, which the DEACONS lost 44-12 and after which coach DAVE CLAWSON voiced concern that the CARDINALS had gotten hold of WAKE FOREST game plans, and involved games going back to 2014.
ELROD, a WAKE FOREST grad and member of the football team in 1993-97, joined the radio crew on the WAKE FOREST IMG RADIO NETWORK in 2014. As a result of the investigation, he will be banned from WAKE FOREST athletics.
In a press release, CLAWSON said, "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 (Athletic Director) RON WELLMAN and others to act on. My staff and I are focused on TEMPLE and preparing the team for the MILITARY BOWL."
WELLMAN added, "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."