Shorter Louisville AD Tom Jurich: Okay, sure, we got some info from that disgruntled Wake Forest staffer, but since Wake got wind of that and didn’t run any of the special plays he gave us, what’s the big deal?
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My friends, welcome to the best college football story of 2016:
An investigation by the Wake Forest Athletic Department following the Wake Forest-Louisville football game on November 12th, found that former Wake Forest coach Tommy Elrod has provided or attempted to provide confidential game plan information to opposing teams, starting in 2014.
Elrod served as the Wake Forest color man on the IMG Radio Network beginning in 2014, and has been terminated immediately from his position at IMG.
According to a Wake Forest press release, he will “no longer broadcast Wake Forest football games and has been banned from Wake Forest athletics and its facilities.”
Elrod graduated from Wake Forest in 1997 and served as an assistant under Jim Grobe for 11 seasons. He was not retained by current head coach Dave Clawson.
That is about fifteen shades of awesome. First off, there are coaches out there who think they need Wake Forest game plan info? That’s a real thing? Do you pay for that, or was Elrod so pissed off about not being retained he was dishing out the good stuff out of sheer revenge?
Even better, Wake won six games this year. Can we find out which coaches got this information and still wound up losing to the Demon Deacons? Please?
If your team’s nothing special, pump your conference.
Johnson was asked, as he often is before the game, on the standing of the ACC vs. the SEC. In 2014, the ACC was 5-3 against the SEC. The SEC won in 2015, 6-4. Thus far, the ACC leads 3-2.
“We’re probably the only team that’s an underdog this year,” Johnson said of the SEC-ACC matchups this weekend. “I saw where I think Clemson and Louisville are probably three-touchdown favorites. Florida State’s probably a little less than that and we are what we are. I think it’s just an example that the ACC doesn’t have to take a backseat in football to anybody.”
If Tech loses and the other three win today, I guess Johnson can spend time at his presser bragging about the ACC’s great day.
Wonder what this is all about…
Wake Forest is investigating how documents pertaining to its game plan might have ended up in Louisville’s hands before last Saturday’s game at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium.
“We are concerned that there was some type of security breach,’’ coach Dave Clawson said Tuesday. “I have shared it with Ron Wellman, and we’re doing everything we can to make sure all of our information and data is more secure moving forward.’’Wellman, Wake Forest’s director of athletics, said Clawson told him of the possible breach on Friday, the day before the Deacons’ lost to the fifth-ranked Cardinals 44-12. Wellman said a member of Wake Forest’s traveling party found the documents at the stadium.
Kudos to Mark Richt for bringing tradition back to the Miami-FSU series.
Give ACC coaches credit for making their schools put their money where their mouths are:
After some serious debate about moving to a nine-game conference football schedule, ACC athletic directors voted Wednesday to maintain the status quo.
The ACC will continue to play eight league games with a requirement for a ninth game against a Power 5 nonconference opponent, the league announced Wednesday. The decision will cost each school about $500,000 in television revenue, industry sources told ESPN’s Brett McMurphy.
With a new TV deal in place with ESPN and the launch of a new ACC Network in the works for 2019, the league expanded its conference schedule for basketball (from 18 to 20 games, starting in 2019), but a move toward more intraconference football games was hotly contested by several schools with annual rivalry games outside the league.
The new ESPN deal gave the schools three options: increase the league schedule to nine games with one nonconference Power 5 opponent; play eight league games with two nonconference Power 5 opponents; or stay at eight league games with one nonconference Power 5 opponent. ACC schools would have received the full amount of the deal between ESPN and the ACC by choosing either of the first two options. But the schools instead chose to remain status quo despite the reduced revenue.
Clemson athletic director Dan Radakovich staunchly supported the status quo on conference scheduling. While the league will miss out on network incentives, he said it wasn’t a major issue.
“Those were big numbers, but when you break it down after shares and dividing the dollars within the league, it was not anything that moved the needle,” he said.
Florida State, Georgia Tech and Louisville also strongly opposed an expanded league schedule because it would limit flexibility to schedule other out-of-conference games beyond their annual rivalry contests against the SEC.
That’s half-a-mil plus the guarantee fee they have to pay a cupcake instead of that ninth conference game.
For FSU and Louisville, that’s a call probably made easier because of playoff considerations, since the SEC is getting away with an eight-game conference schedule just fine. Can’t say I have an explanation for Tech’s opposition.
- “The top ten most talented teams in the country last year were Alabama, Ohio State, USC, Notre Dame, Florida State, LSU, Auburn, Georgia, Texas, and Michigan.”
- You know the old joke about someone being so incompetent he could screw up a one-car funeral? That would be Rutgers’ AD.
- According to his dad, Pennsylvania’s D’Andre Swift was really impressed by the G-Day crowd: “To be able to walk into the stadium and be a part of it and walk down and watch the guys coming through the ‘DawgWalk’ and see all the tradition that Georgia has was just remarkable. I’ve never seen how a town shuts down for a game. That city is a college football town, and everybody embraces that tradition and the football program fully. That, to me, was just remarkable about Georgia in every way.” If you were there, take a bow.
- The ACC is already trying to figure out what to do if Clemson, FSU and Louisville all wind up 11-1.
- Good point in this post — if Missouri is an improved team in the SEC East, don’t forget that Florida and Tennessee both have yet to play the Tigers.
- Hugh Freeze notes one difference between Kirby Smart’s defenses at Alabama and Georgia: “He’s playing a lot more odd front. I’m sure he’s adjusting to what he thinks is best for his team. It’s been different from what we expect from them, but the results are well for him.”
- Cool game management, Clay Helton. You’re lucky Stanford didn’t have a two-point trick play up its sleeve.