Wake Forest Football Analyst Fired For Providing Information To Opponents

Ford Springer | Contributor

Tommy Elrod, a Wake Forest football radio announcer, has been fired after an investigation determined he was releasing “confidential and proprietary game preparation information” to opponents.

WINSTON-SALEM, NC - NOVEMBER 5: The Wake Forest Demon Deacons celebrate their 27-20 win over the Virginia Cavaliers at the conclusion of an NCAA football game on November 5, 2016 at BB&T Field in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

(Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

Wake Forest University began the investigation after losing to Louisville on November 12 by a score of 44-12. “The investigation was not limited to the situation with Louisville,” ACCSports.com reported Tuesday, and exposed Elrod was releasing confidential information as far back as 2014.

Lamar Jackson #8 of the Louisville Cardinals runs with the ball while defended by Amari Henderson #10 of the Wake Forest Deamon Deacons at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium on November 12, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

“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,” the investigation discovered. “No members of the Wake Forest Athletic department, football staff or players were involved in any way in these actions. ”

Elrod is a Wake Forest alumnus and was a member on the football team from 1993 to 1997. Elrod also worked as a graduate assistant under Jim Grobe and held a number of positions within the program for 11 seasons, according to ACCSports.

WINSTON SALEM, NC - OCTOBER 29: Defensive back Jessie Bates #3 of the Wake Forest Demon Deacons runs back an intercepted pass against the Army Black Knights at BB&T Field on October 29, 2016 in Winston Salem, North Carolina. (Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images)

(Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images)

He joined the Wake Forest IMG Radio Network in 2014 as an analyst to cover Wake Forest football. Elrod was immediately fired by IMG after the investigation’s findings.

Wake Forest has reportedly been in contact with the “appropriate entities” exposed in the investigation and have taken steps to secure future game prep activities.

The Wake Forest Demon Deacons finished with a 6-6 record in the 2016 season have one last game against Temple University on December 27.

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