BLACKSBURG, VA. – The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) handed down $25,000 fines to the Virginia Tech and the University of Louisville. The fines come after the conclusion of the internal investigation conducted by Wake Forest.
Former Wake Forest radio announcer Tommy Elrod. Also a former Demon Deacon football player between 1994-97, Elrod attempted to provide game plan information on four separate occasions. Louisville suspended offensive coordinator Lonnie Galloway earlier this week after it surfaced that Galloway had received information from Elrod.
ACC Commissioner John Swofford released a statement:
“I am deeply disturbed something like this would occur, and regardless of the degree of involvement, the protection of the competitive integrity of our games is fundamental to any athletic contest,” said ACC Commissioner John Swofford. “Sportsmanship and ethical values are at the core of competitive integrity and in these instances, those were missing. The expectation, regardless of the sport, is that any athletics department staff members would immediately communicate with their supervisor if they are approached by someone from another institution with proprietary information.”
Hokies athletic director Whit Babcock also spoke on the findings: ”
“We have recently been made aware that a former Wake Forest staff member provided one of our former assistant coaches one game plan information prior to our game in 2014,” Babcock said. “We have no indication at this time that any of this information was shared with other staff members, nor utilized during the game itself.”