The football mess that hit Wake Forest, and then reportedly touched Louisville, Army and Virginia Tech, has missed Indiana.
This much Hoosier officials assured everyone in a Friday statement.
Things got weird earlier this week when it was discovered that Tommy Elrod, a member of Wake Forest’s radio broadcast team and a former Demon Deacons player and assistant coach, had been leaking confidential team information to opponents for the last couple of years.
Wake Forest officials realized something was going on when a member of the football team found evidence of a breech at Louisville’s Cardinal Stadium before Wake Forest played Louisville there in mid-November.
It’s been reported that Elrod, apparently bitter after being fired as a Wake Forest coach, had given game-plan information to certain opponents.
IU played Wake Forest the last two years, winning in 2015 and losing this past season.
Indiana released the following statement Friday afternoon:
“Indiana University Athletics announced that it reached out to Wake Forest University Athletics in an effort to share any information that could be pertinent to Wake Forest’s investigation into confidential football game preparation information being inappropriately shared with opponents prior to its contests.
“IU just completed a two-game series with Wake Forest. In response to press accounts of the results of the Wake Forest investigation, Indiana University Athletics contacted its counterparts at Wake Forest on Wednesday morning (December 14th) to inquire whether they believed any of their confidential information was inappropriately provided to the IU Football program. Wake Forest advised IU that they did not have evidence that IU had been involved. Nonetheless, IU conducted its own internal review, which included interviews with every member of the current coaching staff and reviews of all pertinent and available email accounts. IU also reached out to all former coaches who were at IU during the relevant time frame and received responses from all but one former assistant coach.
“Consistent with the information provided by Wake Forest, IU’s internal review did not uncover evidence establishing that IU obtained confidential or inside information from Wake Forest personnel prior to IU’s two games with Wake Forest. IU Athletics Director Fred Glass today provided Wake Forest Athletics Director Ron Wellman details regarding the steps IU had taken to look into this matter. Athletic Director Wellman confirmed to Glass that Indiana University was not implicated in their investigation. Glass expressed his support to Athletic Director Wellman and Wake Forest University on behalf of himself and IU. Glass gave his ongoing commitment that he would share any pertinent information that IU may obtain.”
Also, IU held its annual team banquet on Friday night. Linebacker Tegray Scales and offensive lineman Dan Feeney shared the Anthony Thompson Most Valuable Player award.
Feeney is a two-time All-America. Scales also earned All-America honors after leading the nation with 87 solo tackles and the Big Ten with 116 tackles.