Want to kill your broadcasting career quickly? Sabotage your employer by helping its competitors and enemies.
That’s exactly what Wake Forest has determined radio announcer Tommy Elrod did.
Elord, a former player and assistant coach at the school, leaked or attempted to leak confidential game preparations to opponents on a number of occasions starting in 2014 according to a statement from the school. The school began its investigation last month after an equipment manager discovered documents inside Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium, the day before Wake Forest’s November 12th game in Louisville, which showed specific plays run by the Demon Deacons.
Since discovering the information, Elrod has been fired from the IMG Radio Network. He’s also been banned from Wake Forest athletics and its facilities.
Elrod was a member of the Wake Forest football program from 1993 to 1997, holding multiple positions at the school over the span of 11 seasons. He was not retained by current head coach Dave Clawson, which led to his joining IMG.
“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,” Clawson said Tuesday in a statement.
Upon releasing the information of the internal investigation on Tuesday, the school confirmed it had obtained emails, and text messages which conclude that Elrod attempted to release confidential information. The school says it has taken steps moving forward to enhance security of game-preparation activities.