IU not believed to be involved in Wake Forest scandal

Indiana’s football program has no reason to believe it was involved in this week’s information scandal at Wake Forest, where former player, coach and radio analyst Tommy Elrod was fired this week for providing Demon Deacon game plans to opponents several times since the 2014 season.

IU released a statement Friday confirming that its athletic department reached out to Wake Forest initially on Wednesday morning and conducted its own internal review into the matter. According to IU’s statement, Wake Forest athletic director Ron Wellman told Fred Glass, his Indiana counterpart, that the Hoosiers were not implicated in Wake’s investigation into Elrod.

IU’s own investigation included interviews with all members of the current football coaching staff, as well as former staffers from the past two years. Indiana also reviewed all “pertinent and available email accounts,” according to the statement.

All but one unnamed former assistant coach participated in IU’s review.

IU and Wake Forest played twice during the investigation’s timeframe. Indiana beat Wake Forest, 31-24, in Winston-Salem, N.C. in 2015. The Demon Deacons won in Bloomington, 33-28, this past September.

Former defensive coordinator Brian Knorr was on IU’s staff for the 2015 matchup. Knorr had previously served in the same position at Wake Forest from 2008 through 2013, during which time Elrod worked on the Deacons’ staff as an offensive assistant.

Elrod played at Wake Forest from 1993 to 1997 and later joined coach Jim Grobe’s as a graduate assistant from 1991 through 2001. After one season at Wofford, Elrod returned to Wake in 2003 and served in a variety of coaching roles for the following 11 seasons.

Elrod was not retained in a coaching position when new coach Dave Clawson was hired in 2014, at which point Elrod joined the IMG Radio Network as an analyst.

IMG Radio fired Elrod on Wednesday after the investigation concluded that he provided or attempted to provide details about the Deacons’ game plan to opponents. Wake Forest launched its investigation last month after an equipment manager found confidential documents detailing different Demon Deacon formations laying on a sideline inside Louisville’s Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium the day before a Nov. 12 game against the Cardinals. Louisville won that contest, 44-12.