Broadcaster fired over alleged play leaks
Wake Forest radio announcer fired after school concludes he gave opponents info
Wake Forest radio announcer Tommy Elrod has been fired after the school said an investigation found he had been giving Wake Forest opponents information about the Demon Deacons since 2014.
Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson said after a Nov. 12 loss to Louisville that there was a “game-plan breach” the school was investigating. After the game, Wake Forest football staff discovered “materials left behind by Louisville … that showed the Cardinals were prepared for plays the Demon Deacons had not run before,” according to USA Today. Wake Forest led the Cardinals 12-0 before giving up 44 straight points.
Louisville coach Bobby Petrino said after Clawson’s remarks that he had “no knowledge” of the situation.
The school said in a statement Tuesday that “based on emails, text messages and phone records, Tommy Elrod, a radio analyst for Wake Forest football games, provided or attempted to provide confidential and proprietary game preparations on multiple occasions starting in 2014.” The statement said Elrod was acting on his own.