Tommy Elrod played at Wake Forest from 1993-97. He was an assistant coach during the program’s glory years under Jim Grobe, until 2013. He was, until yesterday, a radio broadcaster for the team. He was also the Demon Deacon’s version of a Cold War double agent.
Elrod was canned after a school investigation concluded that he conspired to provide specific game plan information, including diagrammed plays, to opponents in order to sandbag his current employer.
According to reports, the team began an investigation to find the mole, after a team equipment manager found hand written information, including specific plays in Papa John’s stadium, one day before Wake Forest took on Louisville.
Elrod was fired from his broadcasting position with the IMG Radio Network after the investigation concluded he was the rat.
Based on comments by head coach Dave Clawson, Elrod was given access beyond what one would typically expect from a team radio guy.
“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.”
Although motives are unknown, Elrod was not retained on the coaching staff when Clawson was hired as the Wake Forest Head Coach in 2013, and was forced into the broadcast booth. It wouldn’t be shocking if he had an ax to grind.
The obvious angle to this story today is to say that Elrod is a terrible person for doing this, and the morality and loyalty strawman will be beaten to death. But, the compelling story from the other side of the coin is, which teams were taking the information from Elrod? Obviously someone was.
They found the first clue at Papa John’s Stadium before the Louisville game, start there. It’s not exactly St. Peter running that outfit. Who ordered the Code Red?