Friday, February 23, 2018
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Hokies now part of Wakey-leaks

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Virginia Tech athletic director Whit Babcock has confirmed that a former assistant coach-turned-broadcaster at Wake Forest provided a former Hokies assistant with "some game plan information" in 2014.

Babcock said in a statement Thursday that he has no indication that the information was shared with staff members or used during the game. Retired coach Frank Beamer also said he "had no knowledge of what is being alleged."

Babcock did not identify the assistant. Wake Forest won that game 6-3 in double overtime and finished the season 3-9.

Virginia Tech joins Louisville and Army in acknowledging their involvement in the scandal in which former Wake Forest assistant Tommy Elrod was fired as the analyst on Demon Deacons' radio game broadcasts after the school determined he leaked or attempted to leak game plans.

"We are disappointed and embarrassed that this type of information was distributed to and apparently received by one of our former assistant coaches," Babcock said.

The unidentified assistant did not remain on staff when Beamer retired and was replaced by Justin Fuente, Babcock said.

Earlier Thursday, Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson said he feels betrayed and that his players were cheated by the former assistant coach-turned-broadcaster who peddled Demon Deacons' plays to opponents.

"I've never experienced this level of betrayal in coaching," coach Dave Clawson said after his team's first practice since the school made public the results of a nearly monthlong internal investigation into potential leaks of game plans.

The scandal has garnered national headlines, completely overshadowing Wake Forest's upcoming Military Bowl matchup with Temple.

"The big thing is that (the players) were cheated — they were not given a fair chance to compete on multiple occasions, but there's nothing we can do about it," Clawson said. "We found out what happened, we found out who did it, they're no longer part of our program and now we need to move forward and try to win a bowl game."

The school's review, which began after documents related to the team's game plan for the Nov. 12 game at Louisville were found at the Cardinals' stadium, placed the blame on Tommy Elrod. He is a former player and assistant under the previous staff who moved into the broadcast booth during a coaching change after the 2013 season.

Elrod was fired as an analyst on the Demon Deacons' IMG College radio broadcasts and was banned from the school's athletic facilities. His attorney, former Wake Forest player James Quander, declined comment Thursday, and Elrod has not returned phone calls and text messages.

GOPHERS PROTEST: The entire Minnesota team says it is boycotting all football activities until it gets satisfactory answers from the university about the suspension of 10 players this week. The school suspended the players after an internal investigation into a sexual assault case. Police declined to charge any of the players, but the school suspended them based on internal regulations involving sexual assault allegations. The team's players say the have not ruled out skipping the Holiday Bowl on Dec. 27 against Washington State in San Diego. They asked the bowl's committee to be patient while they work through the situation.

TOP COACH: Colorado's Mike MacIntyre is the Associated Press' coach of the year after leading the Buffaloes to a 10-3 record and their first bowl game since 2007.

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