NCAA

ACC fines Virginia Tech for role in 'WakeyLeaks'

NCAA

BY TYLER BYRUM

After more details of the 'WakeyLeaks' debacle continue to be released, the Atlantic Coast Conference has issued a $25,000 institutional fine to Virginia Tech for their role in the scandal.

An ACC internal review of Wake Forest's own investigation, discovered that three schools were provided game plan information for the past three seasons. These games were against Virginia Tech for their matchup in 2014, Louisville in 2016, and out-of-conference games against Army in 2014 and 2016.

Louisville has also been fined $25,000 for their similar involvement. 

The scandal began when a copy of the Demon Deacons' playbook was found in the Louisville locker room on Dec. 13. Following a Wake Forest investigation, it was revealed that radio analyst Tommy Elrod provided opposing teams “confidential and proprietary game preparations on multiple occasions” beginning in 2014.

The game in question for the Hokies was a 6-3 double overtime loss to Wake Forest, when Frank Beamer was head coach of the Virginia Tech program. 

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The fine issued is the highest allowed by the league's bylaws. It appears no further actions will be taken by the conference in regards to the scandal.

“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,” ACC Commissioner John Swofford said in a press release. “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.”