Congratulations, Wake Forest. You are the leader in the clubhouse for the inaugural WeirdMan Trophy for the weirdest damned story in college football. Not for your creepy minister mascot. Or your fabled trove of tobacco money. But for siring the guy alleged to be the Benedict Arnold of college football.
The Wake athletic department is reporting that former assistant Tommy Elrod has been relieved of his duties as color broadcaster for Wake football after an investigation determined that he may have been passing team information to opponents since 2014.
Elrod graduated from Wake in 1997 after lettering as a quarterback for the school. He then coached the Demon Deacons from 2003 to 2013, including a tenure as quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator. During that time he coached Wake QB Riley Skinner, the school’s all-time leading passer.
But Elrod was not retained when current head coach Dave Clawson took over for Jim Grobe in Winston-Salem. At the time it appeared the career Deacon was moving gracefully into the broadcast booth to call games on the IMG Network. In hindsight, maybe not so much. Maybe he was nursing a smoldering hatred of Clawson to which only Tennessee fans can relate.
It should be noted of course that this all came to light after this season’s game against Louisville, when Bobby Petrino denied that his team had access to Wake’s game plan. I’m curious how long it will take for Petrino to be asked if that’s his final answer.
Another question worth asking: who honestly needs to cheat to beat Wake in football?
Until later . . .