USA TODAY Sports’ Nicole Auerbach breaks down the ‘wakeyleaks’ scandal.
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Wake Forest has found its leak. But the drip-drip-drip of damaging details may be just beginning.
In identifying radio analyst Tommy Elrod as the mole who offered confidential football information to opponents of the Demon Deacons, Wake has provided a startling answer to the fundamental question concerning the “security breach” detected prior to its Nov. 12 game at Louisville.
But this troubling tale won’t end with a press release detailing who did it. People are going to want to know why. They are going to want to know if Elrod sold out his alma mater for financial considerations, to exact revenge or to cozy up to coaches who might be in the market for an assistant with no conscience.
They are going to want to know how many games might have been affected by the surreptitious flow of trade secrets. They are going to want to know what schools were provided inside information and on what terms. They are going to want to know a whole lot more than what we know right now.
Attorney James Quander, himself a former Wake Forest football player, told the Winston-Salem Journal neither he nor Elrod would have any comment on the allegations at this time. Given the nature of the allegations, and a trail of evidence Wake Forest says includes e-mail, text messages and telephone records, it’s reasonable to surmise prosecutors may be seeking answers soon.
Since Wake Forest’s findings point to a lone culprit and to multiple incidents over a three-year period, Tuesday’s announcement may bring some comfort to Louisville and to Cardinals coach Bobby Petrino. It means that whatever happened was not a product of the espionage of a single school, but of a broader…