TOP SECRET: Wakeyleaks

By: Trey Walker

For Wake Forest, it has been a rollercoaster of events in the past couple of weeks. The Deacs have hit highs, when they finished the regular season 6-6 and became bowl eligible for the first time under Dave Clausen. On the flip side, they have been investigating an ongoing internal affair where a former player was caught slipping the playbook to opposing teams.

Who is the contact getting intel on the inside?

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Elrod has been tagged as the culprit.                                            PC: Greensboro News and Record

Tommy Elrod. This guy balled out for Wake in the late 90s, and went on to be a graduate assistant for Jim Grobe. After Grobe was let go, the Deacs brought in Dave Clausen from Bowling Green. Clausen opted not to retain Elrod on his coaching staff, but he still kept close ties with the program and became the IMG radio analyst for Wake football. Little did the Deacs know that Elrod would later turn on his alma mater and leak information that would jeopardize wins for the team.

The first clue of Elrod’s shenanigans occurred after the Deacs week 10 matchup with Louisville on the road. At the half, Wake had inched their way out to a 12-3 lead over the Cardinals. But Lamar Jackson finished the game with a strong second half to push Louisville forward to a 44-12 victory. Jackson’s performance may have not been the only thing that helped them win……

After the defeat, Louisville’s offensive coordinator, Lonnie Galloway, was found guilty of accepting “confidential and proprietary game preparations” from members of the Wake Forest football staff. Galloway and Elrod were graduate assistants under Jim Grobe from 2011-2012. Since then, Louisville has suspended their OC for their upcoming game against LSU in the Citrus Bowl.

Louisville was the first school to crack and admit their wrongdoings, but it seems that this will not be the last school to come out. Since then, Virginia Tech has admitted that they were offered, and accepted information from Elrod regarding special trick plays before the game. Sources say that Elrod may have been distributing pre-game plans as early as 2014. Just think about it……..

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Elrod leaked information as far back as 2014, giving teams a large advantage                            PC:

Other notes:

  • Army has admitted that they were contacted by Wake Forest, but did not accept anything
  • UNC/NCSU have not commented on the issue

So, what’s next?

To be quite honest, I don’t think anyone knows. Espionage on this level hasn’t happened before in college sports(or to our knowledge at least). The ACC has established strong disapproval to the schools who knowingly accepted stolen property. Stressing integrity in the conference, commissioner John Swofford issued both Louisville and Virginia Tech $25,000 fines.


It didn’t take long for the ACC commish to lay down the law. PC:

Swofford’s Press Release:

“I am deeply disturbed something like this would occur, and regardless of the degree of involvement, the protection of the competitive integrity of our games is fundamental to any athletic contest,” Swofford said. “Sportsmanship and ethical values are at the core of competitive integrity and in these instances, those were missing. The expectation, regardless of the sport, is that any athletics department staff members would immediately communicate with their supervisor if they are approached by someone from another institution with proprietary information.”



So far, Wakeyleaks has been all over the place. With new information coming out constantly an end is not in the foreseeable future. Wake Forest has proven this year, after going 6-6 with a leaked playbook, that they truly are the ACC Juggernaut. Dave Clausen should win ACC Coach of the Year, unopposed, as he willed the Deacs to a bowl with most of his opponents knowing his strategy.

The Doeren Dilemma

By: Trey Walker

On Friday afternoon, NC State will head to Chapel Hill to play the Tar Heels in the final game of the regular season. However, this is more than just a game. No matter how reluctant Carolina fans are to embracing the Wolfpack as true rivals, they must recognize that this matchup means something now.

North Carolina will be seeking vengeance. In the last meeting between the two teams in Chapel Hill, the Wolfpack used a strong 3 touchdown performance from QB Jacoby Brissett to breeze past Carolina, 35-7.

Senior Tar Heel Guard, Jon Heck expressed how much that game hurt in an interview with Inside Carolina.

“Nobody has forgotten two years ago and that was a nightmare for us and a terrible feeling,” Heck said. “Looking back when they came in and destroyed us, that’s one of the worst feelings I’ve had in my life.

Its this feeling that the Heels hope to never feel again.

On the flip side, NC State has plenty to play for. With a win they can: ruin any possibility for UNC to reach the ACC title game, and become bowl eligible for the third time under Dave Doeren. This brings us to my main point….. The Doeren Dilemma.


So State fans, lets face it. Getting rid of Tom O’Brien was a COLOSSAL mistake. TOB owned UNC, losing to the Heels only 1 time in his final season(5-1 overall). He also coached State to 4 bowl games, and pulled an impressive upset in the 2010 Russell Athletic Bowl against a strong West Virginia team, ranked 22nd nationally at the time. That team finished with a 9-4 record, the second highest win total in school history. O’Brien was let go by Debbie Yow after the 2012 season, claiming that she was unimpressed with recruiting.

Since Dave Doeren has taken over the program, little improvement has taken effect. Many say that he has made the program worse.

Community Viewpoints: Luke Brizzolara

FullSizeRender.jpgA junior at Broughton High School, Luke has been apart of the Pack since day one. He has seen the ups and downs of the program, and has developed a strong opinion on Dave Doeren’s performance as head coach, and how important Friday’s game is.

Q: Will Doeren’s future at NCSU be determined in this last game of the regular season?

LB: We need to be super competitive and continue to show we have the ability to go up against a top-25 team. If we get blown again, our games against FSU and Clemson won’t save him, as we have consistently underperformed against inferior or equal opponents. If we don’t win against Carolina, I don’t see a scenario in which we keep him. Too many seasons have been sub-par with Dave. This will be the nail in the coffin if he loses and fails to make a bowl game. 

As head coach, Doeren maintains a 23-26 overall record at State, and has never broken gotten his team ranked in the top 25 at any point. His bowl record is 1-1, the win coming against a mediocre Central Florida team. The statistics show that Doeren is no where close to as good as O’Brien was.

If NCSU doesn’t pull out a victory against UNC, it will be the second time (2/4 seasons) that a Doeren Wolfpack will be ineligible for bowl play.

Bottom Line: Cut ’em loose 

Beloved Coach Dies at 58

By: Trey Walker

Late Friday night, Don Horton, a former assistant football coach for NC State and Boston College, passed away. Coach Horton had been battling Parkinson’s disease for almost 10 years.

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Horton with Boston College

Horton will be remembered as a man who loved his family and cared for his players. During his coaching tenure, he coached in many bowl games and sent 15 lineman to play on Sunday.

A native of Cincinnati, Don’s love for football developed at a young age. He played offensive line in high school at Indian Hill High, and in college at Wittenberg(Ohio).

After graduating from Wittenberg, Coach Horton’s first gig as a coach came when he was asked to be a Graduate Assistant at Ohio State University. His love for coaching led him to get other opportunities on the coaching staffs of Southern Illinois, New Mexico State, Virginia, and Wittenberg.

In 1997, Tom O’Brien was hired as the head coach for Boston College, replacing Dan Henning. Horton was appointed as the Offensive Line Coach under O’Brien’s new regime. The two stuck together(from BC to NCSU) until Coach Horton took an administrative position in May of 2012. Horton had quite an impressive resume in his time with the O’Brien administration…

Coach Horton by the Numbers:

– 15 NFL lineman coached

– .695% overall winning percentage at NC State and Boston College

– 8 bowl victories

-1 conference title*

Many of his former players have expressed how influential Horton was in their lives: on and off the field:

“In a football world where players are treated as numbers, you treated us as people, and stood out” said former Boston College running back, Ryan Utzler, on Horton.

Horton is survived by his 2 loving daughters, Libby and Hadley, and his wife Maura.

You will be missed Coach Horton!

*This is a Big East title, for Boston College was not annexed into the ACC until the following season