Wake Forest’s football program has been under fire as of late as reports have come out that a close friend of the program and former coach, Tommy Elrod, has potentially leaked information to opponents in weeks past. The game that raised many eyebrows was when the Demon Deacons faced off with the Louisville Cardinals. Louisville’s program admitted to being given plays by Elrod before the game and were able to go into the game with such advantages.
“No one has really addressed the big question of why yet,” said Wake Forest reporter Joedy McCreary on the DA Show with Damon Amendolara on CBS Sports Radio. “No one at Wake has mentioned any sort of motive as to the reason for all this, we’re all just sort of left to speculate at this point until Tom Elrod and/or his attorney speak to us, it’s the big unknown. They were very careful not to accuse Louisville of taking anything but they just wanted to find out what happened and how those documents wound up in the stadium out there.”
The situation could spark one of the more publicized NCAA scandals in recent memory and could really bring plenty of sanctions or penalties down on the program. Elrod was given plenty of access and power by Wake Forest Head Coach Dave Clawson who was reportedly very close with the analyst. The ability that Elrod was given lines up with the claims that he leaked the information and McCreary agreed.
“Wake did mention that Tommy Elrod was behind all this and had incredible access to the program as a former player, as a former assistant and then for the last three years as the radio analyst,” said McCreary. “Dave Clawson gave him tremendous access into what they were doing, a luxury that because of his former status as a player and coach, he’s a football guy so he knows the game and knows what he’s watching when he’s watching the Deacons line up in practice. Based on knowing that, you have to think that this more than just the basic run of the mill, basic play structures.”