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Wake investigation concludes

Wake Forest has released the results of its investigation pertaining to playbook materials found at UL prior to their game this season against the Cards.

According to a Wake Forest release Tuesday afternoon, former Demon Deacon Tommy Elrod "provided or attempted to provide confidential and proprietary game preparations on multiple occasions, starting in 2014."

Wake Forest officials began investigating the issue in mid-November, after materials pertaining to the game plan were found at Papa Johns Cardinal Stadium by a member of the Wake traveling party the day before the Deacs played the Cards, according to a report by Dan Collins with the Winston-Salem Journal

Wake carried a 12-10 lead into the fourth quarter of that game, before the Cards exploded for 34 points in the final 11 minutes for a 44-12 Louisville victory. 

More details to come here on Demon Deacon Digest

Here's the full Wake Forest Athletics press release: 

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.  – 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.


Tommy Elrod is an alumnus of Wake Forest and was a member of the football team from 1993-1997. He later was hired as a graduate assistant under Jim Grobe and held multiple positions for 11 seasons. He was not retained by Dave Clawson and joined the Wake Forest IMG Radio Network in 2014 as a football analyst covering Wake Forest football. 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.


Wake Forest has notified all the appropriate entities related to these activities, and has taken steps to enhance security of game preparation activities. The University is satisfied with the actions taken and will have no further comment on the details of its investigation at this time.


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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