One day after Wake Forest fired and banned football radio announcer Tommy Elrod for sharing game prep materials with the team’s opponents for at least two years, Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich said that the Cardinals had received information from Elrod this season, before their Nov. 12 game against the Demon Deacons.
Louisville offensive coordinator Lonnie Galloway, who has known Elrod for almost 10 years, received the information and shared it with members of the coaching staff. Jurich’s statement, released today:
“We have looked further into the matter surrounding the Wake Forest information released on Tuesday.
Our offensive coordinator Lonnie Galloway and Tommy Elrod have known each other since 2007. Lonnie received a call from Elrod during the week of the Wake Forest game, and some information was shared with him that week.
Among the communication were a few plays that were sent and then shared with our defensive staff. None of the special plays were run during the course of the game. Our defense regularly prepares for similar formations every week in their normal game plan.
Any other information that may have been discussed was nothing that our staff had not already seen while studying Wake Forest in their preparations for the game and the material was not given any further attention. I’m disappointed that this issue has brought undue attention to our football staff as we prepare for our upcoming bowl game.”
After Louisville beat Wake Forest, 44-12, the Demon Deacons’ coaches found documents which indicated the Cardinals were ready for plays that hadn’t been used in the visiting locker room. The discovery prompted an investigation; Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino released a short statement at the time, saying he had “no knowledge of the situation.”