Virginia Tech: Wake Forest intel obtained via radio man in 2014

ByAndrea Adelson ESPN logo
Thursday, December 15, 2016

Virginia Tech athletic director Whit Babcock said Thursday that a former assistant coach at the school received "game plan information" from Wake Forest radio broadcaster Tommy Elrod before the schools played in 2014.

Virginia Tech is the second ACC school that admitted it accepted information from Elrod. On Tuesday, Wake Forest said in a statement that Elrod provided or attempted to provide proprietary information to opponents since 2014.

Louisville said Wednesday that offensive coordinator Lonnie Galloway received plays before the Wake Forest game in November. Galloway and Elrod had known each other since 2007 and coached together at Wake Forest.

Army also said it has been contacted by Wake Forest as a result of its widespread investigation.

Former Hokies coach Frank Beamer denied being aware of any improprieties in a statement released through Virginia Tech on Thursday afternoon.

"I can assure you, that while I was the head coach at Virginia Tech, I had no knowledge of what is being alleged," Beamer said. "I've built my entire career and life on doing things the right way, and that will never change."

It is unclear which Virginia Tech assistant received information from Elrod, who has since been fired by IMG Radio Network and banned from Wake Forest athletics and facilities.

"We have recently been made aware that a former Wake Forest staff member provided one of our former assistant coaches some game-plan information prior to our game in 2014," Babcock said in a statement. "We have no indication at this time that any of this information was shared with any other staff members, nor utilized during the game itself. However, should new information become available, we will be forthcoming and transparent.

"We hold ourselves to a higher standard at Virginia Tech. We are disappointed and embarrassed that this type of information was distributed to, and apparently received by, one of our former assistant coaches. The distribution of this type of information among peers or rivals is wrong and not in the vein of sportsmanship and integrity that we demand and expect for this. I personally apologize to the coaches, student-athletes, administration, alumni, students and fans of Wake Forest University."

Babcock continued, "I am also aware of former head coach Frank Beamer's and current defensive coordinator Bud Foster's public remarks yesterday as to having no knowledge of the situation, and I believe both of them wholeheartedly. It should also be noted that there is no known connection of any kind to our current coaching staff, who were hired in 2015. We will, of course, comply fully with the ACC and all relevant parties as this unfortunate situation unfolds."

Also Thursday, Florida State put out a statement that said nobody at the school has had any involvement in the scandal.

"No one from the Florida State Football staff had any interaction with Mr. Elrod. That includes no phone calls, text messages or emails," the Seminoles' statement said.

The ACC said in a statement Wednesday it wanted the full results of Wake Forest's investigation before determining a course of action against schools that received the proprietary information.

Wake Forest defeated Virginia Tech 6-3 in double overtime on Nov. 22, 2014. Louisville defeated Wake Forest 44-12 on Nov. 12 of this season.

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