Wake Forest radio analyst Tommy Elrod was discovered to have leaked gameplans to opponents starting in 2014. Could there have been gambling interests involved in the Wake Forest scandal?
The scandal, which has been affectionately dubbed "Wakeyleaks" by the internet (because of course), came to a head yesterday, when Wake Forest released findings of the investigation, which began ahead of the game against Louisville, when it reported concerns about a "security breach."
The most likely theory is that Elrod, a former football staffer and Wake Forest alumnus who was not retained by head coach Dave Clawson, who took over for Jim Grobe ahead of the 2014 season, was disgruntled about his place in the program. Some have raised questions about possible monetary motives behind the leaks. Looking at Wake's gambling profile since 2014, it looks unlikely that anyone was making money in Vegas directly off of Wakeyleaks.
OddsShark has compiled the results of every Wake Forest game of the last three seasons, the time period in which Wakeyleaks is purported to have taken place.
In that time period Wake Forest is 12-24 straight up, 19-17 against the spread, and 15-21 in total point over/unders.
The full breakdown, by year:
Based on these numbers, the only real way a bettor would have made money would have been to bet against Wake Forest straight up, which is not a strategy that required much espionage (and based on the moneyline odds against the Demon Deacons, would not have been very lucrative overall), or betting unders. Even then, the trends are not that shocking, so odds are this was just a revenge play, rather than some kind of gambling scheme.
Wakeyleaks is one of the more bizarre college football scandals in recent years, but unfortunately for those looking for even more there, it doesn't seem like there's a true gambling angle.