Wake Forest is currently investigating a situation that arose when a member of the school’s travel party discovered documents containing the Deacons plays ahead of their game the next day against Louisville.
Louisville won the game 44-12.
WF Athletic director Ron Wellman noted the Cardinals were prepared for plays the Demon Deacons had not even run during the season prior to their matchup Saturday night, raising suspicions of a security breach.
Via USA Today –
Wake Forest head coach Dave Clawson acknowledged Wednesday the school was investigating whether data might have been leaked to Louisville or stolen.
“There was somehow a breach,” Clawson said. “I’ve shared it with our (athletics director) and we’re trying to find out what happened.”
If Louisville indeed had documents that showed plays Wake Forest had used in practice but not games, it could be considered a competitive advantage.
Louisville coach Bobby Petrino said in a statement he has “no knowledge of the situation.”
“We take a lot of pride in the way we operate our program,” the statement said. “As I’ve stated already this season, my coaching philosophy has always been to play the game with sportsmanship. Right now, our focus is on our game (Thursday) at Houston and finishing the 2016 season strong.”
It is not uncommon for teams to accidentally leave behind materials related to game preparation in the locker room, on the field or in the assistant coaching box.