UofL received 'a few plays' from Wake Forest football announcer

UofL received 'a few plays' from Wake Forest football announcer
Tommy Elrod (Source: WakeForestSports.com)
Tommy Elrod (Source: WakeForestSports.com)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – University of Louisville Athletic Director Tom Jurich said Wednesday that the school received Wake Forest football plays from a radio announcer before the Cards and Demon Deacons played a Nov. 12 football game.

In a statement released Wednesday afternoon, Jurich said offensive coordinator Lonnie Galloway has known former Wake Forest coach and radio announcer Tommy Elrod since 2007.

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The comes one month after UofL head coach Bobby Petrino said he had "no knowledge of the situation" when initially asked about it.

The statement said Elrod contacted Galloway the week of the game and shared "a few plays," which were then passed on to the defensive staff.

"None of the special plays were run during the course of the game," Jurich said.

An internal investigation at Wake Forest revealed Tuesday that Elrod had provided plays to opponents for two years.

In an interview with WAVE 3 News, NCAA rules expert Dave Ridpath said that while the exchange of plays rises obvious ethical issues, there isn't any clear rule violation based on what's been released.

"I have to admit even this one surprised me," Ridpath said. "I look at this as one of those backdoor loopholes that was exploited."

He said a similar practice happens when a school hires another school's coach or recruits a player to transfer.

"I don't know if there was any specific rule broken even though ethically it was clearly the wrong thing to do," Ridpath said.

He added any violation likely would be handled at the conference level based on any ACC rules or codes.

The ACC released a statement Wednesday saying, "Protecting competitive integrity is fundamental to the Atlantic Coast Conference. The conference office is in the process of obtaining the internal findings from Wake Forest University. Based on the information provided, and any other information obtained, the league office will perform its due diligence, and as necessary, additional discussions and actions will occur."

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