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The Wakeyleaks scandal appears to be just getting warmed up, and other schools are starting to get involved.
The bizarre tale, in which Tommy Elrod, a Wake Forest radio announcer and former football player and coach there, was fired for passing (or attempting to pass) “confidential and proprietary game preparation” material to opposing teams, still has many unanswered questions. Among the biggest are which schools received information, how many schools used the information, and why those schools never contacted Wake Forest or the Atlantic Coast Conference.
On Wednesday, the University of Louisville acknowledged receiving “a few plays” but denied using the information, and it scolded the public for bringing “undue attention” to its football staff as it prepares for the team’s December 31 bowl game against LSU.
Another school that is now linked to the scandal is West Point, and it suggests a pattern for which schools are involved – both Louisville and Army have assistant coaches who previously worked with Elrod.
Army’s athletic director, Boo Corrigan, confirmed to Pete Thamel of Sports Illustrated that Wake Forest had contacted the program during its investigation. Corrigan would say only that the academy was “looking into it.”
The Raleigh News & Observer reported that both Louisville and Army had assistant coaches who worked with Elrod at Wake Forest. Louisville said its offensive coordinator, Lonnie Galloway, had received information from Elrod. At Army, defensive line coach Ray McCartney, who is now a coach at Davidson, served as an assistant coach at Army in 2014 and 2015 after working with Elrod at Wake Forest.
The News & Observer also reported that Indiana, which played Wake Forest in each of the past two seasons, has an assistant coach who previously worked with Elrod. Indiana has not been linked to the scandal.
There is no evidence that Army used information obtained from Elrod during any of its three games against Wake Forest in the past three seasons. This seems to confirm, however, that Army was one of the schools Elrod tried to provide with information.
Wake Forest told Sports Illustrated it had notified “all the schools identified in our investigation.”
This also suggests that other schools Wake Forest have played in the past three years have already been cleared, including North Carolina, North Carolina State, Clemson, and Syracuse.
The Greenville News reported that Clemson was not contacted by Wake Forest, Syracuse.com reported that Syracuse was not contacted during the investigation, and The News & Observer reported that neither North Carolina nor North Carolina State was contacted. According to that last report, Duke “declined to comment.”