Virginia Tech admits involvement in game plan information scandal

Athletic Director of the Virginia Tech Hokies Whit Babcock. (Photo: Michael Shroyer/Getty Images)

Athletic Director of the Virginia Tech Hokies Whit Babcock. (Photo: Michael Shroyer/Getty Images)

BLACKSBURG, Va. – Virginia Tech Director of Athletics Whit Babcock says “we are disappointed and embarrassed” his program is involved in the saga involving leaked game plan information from Wake Forest University.

In a statement, Babcock reveals a former Hokies assistant coach was provided with game plan information prior to the 2014 game between Virginia Tech and the Demon Deacons. (A game that ended in a 6-3 Wake victory after the contest went to overtime tied 0-0.)

Former head coach Frank Beamer. (Photo: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Former head coach Frank Beamer. (Photo: Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Babcock says he has “no indication at this time that any of this information was shared with other staff members, nor utilized during the game itself. However, if new information should become available, we will be forthcoming and transparent.”

Former Virginia Tech head coach Frank Beamer also released a statement saying “I can assure you, that while I was the head coach at Virginia Tech, I had no knowledge of what is being alleged. I’ve build my entire career and life on doing things the right way and that will never change.”

Earlier this week, a radio announcer for Wake Forest football was fired after a thorough investigation launched following the Louisville football game November 12 determined confidential and proprietary game preparation information had been compromised. The investigation was not limited to the situation with Louisville and was comprehensive in nature, the university said in the release.

According to the release, the investigation determined the following:

  • Based on emails, text messages and phone records, Tommy Elrod, a radio announcer for Wake Forest football games, provided or attempted to provide confidential and proprietary game preparations on multiple occasions, starting in 2014.
  • No members of the Wake Forest athletic department, football staff or players were involved in any way in these actions.

Tommy Elrod is an alumnus of Wake Forest and was a member of the football team from 1993-1997. He later was hired as a graduate assistant under Jim Grobe and held multiple positions for 11 seasons. He was not retained by Dave Clawson and joined the Wake Forest IMG Radio Network in 2014 as a football analyst covering Wake Forest football.