Wake Forest Demon Deacons

CHAPEL HILL, NC - SEPTEMBER 19: General view of the game between the North Carolina Tar Heels and the Illinois Fighting Illini at Kenan Stadium on September 19, 2015 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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North Carolina, Appalachian State announce 3-game series

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Appalachian State hosted Miami last year and recently announced a 4-game series with East Carolina, but Monday’s announcement tops both of them combined…. probably.

The Mountaineers announced Monday a 3-game series with North Carolina, which calls for the Tar Heels’ first-ever visit to Boone among the set.

North Carolina will host Appalachian State on Sept. 21, 2019 and Sept. 9, 2023, with the Heels heading to the mountains for the sandwich game on Sept. 3, 2022. The 2022 visit marks the third ACC team to visit Appalachian State in a 7-year span, and just the second of the Big Four in-state schools to visit Boone; the Mountaineers host Wake Forest on Sept. 23 of this coming season to mark the first of such games.

“This series is the next addition in bringing Power 5 programs to Kidd Brewer Stadium,” App State AD Doug Gillin said in a statement. “With a record crowd for Miami last year, Wake Forest this season, and North Carolina in 2022 we are continuously looking for opportunities to bring great opponents to The Rock.  Our goal is to continue to bring Power 5 opponents, when available, and quality Group of 5 opponents to Boone, which benefits our students, student-athletes, university and community.  I truly enjoyed working with the UNC administration in constructing a series that is a win-win. Playing regional and in-state opponents makes a lot of sense for us.  We will see an increase in tickets sales both home and away, reduced travel costs and less missed class time for our students. Over the next eight seasons we will be playing the series with UNC, in addition to a four-game series with ECU, and home-and-home series with Wake Forest, Charlotte, and Marshall.”

Appalachian State has played the Big Four 29 times previously, all in their respective homes: 22 trips to Winston-Salem, six to Raleigh and one to Chapel Hill, a 56-6 Heels win in 1940.

Dave Clawson completes Wake coaching staff with Duke product

WINSTON SALEM, NC - NOVEMBER 19:  General view of the game between the Wake Forest Demon Deacons and the Clemson Tigers at BB&T Field on November 19, 2016 in Winston Salem, North Carolina.  (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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In adding to his Wake Forest coaching staff, Dave Clawson has added an individual very familiar with the area in general and the conference specifically.

Wake announced in a press release that Clawson has picked Brad Sherrod to join his Demon Deacons’ defensive coaching staff.  No specific role and/or title was announced for Sherrod; that’s expected to come at a later time.

Sherrod comes to Wake after spending one season with FCS Sam Houston State as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach.  He’s also a former player and assistant at ACC rival Duke.

“Brad is very familiar with the ACC from his time as both a player and coach at Duke,” said Clawson in a statement. “His experience in coaching linebackers as well as being a defensive coordinator will be a great asset to our staff. With every member of the defensive staff having coordinator experience, I am confident that our defense is in good hands.”

Sherrod’s other coaching stops include UMass, East Tennessee State, Elon and Delaware.

Army’s DC suspended, fined $25k for role in WakeyLeaks

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If you thought the scandal dubbed “WakeyLeaks” had run its course, think again.

Tuesday afternoon, Army announced that, following an investigation that began in December, it has concluded that current defensive coordinator Jay Bateman, along with former assistant coach Ray McCartney, were “involved in mishandling information about the Wake Forest football program.” The probe unearthed facts that allowed the service academy to reach the conclusion that both coaches had “obtained non-public information” and, most damning of all, “took actions to conceal the information and its source.”

As a result, Bateman has been fined $25,000 and suspended from all football-related activities for a period of two weeks.  Additionally, Bateman will be required to attend an ethics training program.

“Our commitment is to foster a culture of excellence and winning in everything we do,” USMA superintendent Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen, Jr. said in a statement. “It does not mean that we win at all costs. Rather, it means winning in accordance with our values and who we are as an institution and a nation. When we win, we will do so honorably, remaining true to the values and standards that define us.”

“Although no NCAA rules were violated, these actions do not represent our values,” athletic director Boo Corrigan. “We appreciate Wake Forest bringing this matter to our attention and I want to apologize to the Wake Forest administration and to the West Point community.”

In mid-December, Wake Forest announced that an internal investigation had revealed that former football staffer Tommy Elrod, a radio announcer for Demon Deacon football games, had, starting in 2014, provided and passed along proprietary and confidential information to Wake opponents.  Elrod had played for Wake and then was associated with the football program for 11 seasons but wasn’t retained by head coach Dave Clawson in 2014, moving on to the IMG radio network and the broadcast of his alma mater’s football games.

Both Louisville and Virginia Tech were fined $25,000 by the ACC for their roles in the scandal.  Shane Beamer, a former VT assistant now at Georgia, was fined $25,000 as well.

Report: Louisville coordinator met WakeyLeaks analyst night before game

LOUISVILLE, KY - NOVEMBER 12:  Lamar Jackson #8 of the Louisville Cardinals runs with the ball while defended by Amari Henderson #10 of the Wake Forest Deamon Deacons at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium on November 12, 2016 in Louisville, Kentucky.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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The #WakeyLeaks scandal just won’t die apparently.

According to CBS Sports, Louisville co-offensive coordinator Lonnie Galloway likely met with disgraced Wake Forest radio analyst Tommy Elrod the night before the Cardinals and the Demon Deacons played this past fall.

Phone records obtained also show that Galloway initiated a 25-minute phone call with Elrod three days before the game, which resulted in a 44-12 loss for Wake Forest in a contest that was far closer than the final score would indicate.

While head coach Bobby Petrino has maintained he had no knowledge of any contact or information exchanged between the two, Galloway was suspended for the Cardinals Citrus Bowl appearance against LSU. Elrod was eventually fired by the school for his involvement in giving information about game plans to multiple schools and coaches.

Ultimately, the ACC also stepped in on the matter and fined both Louisville and Virginia Tech for their involvement in the scandal that was one of the more bizarre ones to surface in college football the past few years.

A records request to a third school, Army, in the matter was also made by CBS Sports but an officer assigned to the case told the organization that an investigation were still being reviewed. As a result, you might not be able to close the book on #WakeyLeaks just yet.

ACC National Signing Day recap: Florida State, Clemson impress once again

CLEMSON, SC - NOVEMBER 07:  (L-R) Head coach Jimbo Fisher of the Florida State Seminoles talks to head coach Dabo Swinney of the Clemson Tigers before their game at Memorial Stadium on November 7, 2015 in Clemson, South Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Few leagues have transformed their reputation on the field more than the ACC has the past several seasons and the biggest reason for that has been because Clemson and Florida State captured national titles. As a result, it should come as no surprise that those two programs once again paced recruiting for the league when all was said and done on National Signing Day.

The Seminoles remained among the national elite with another stellar class while the Tigers used their limited number of scholarships to land some top-notch talent, possibly including Deshaun Watson’s successor in five-star QB Hunter Johnson (who’s already on campus).

In addition to the league’s two powerhouses, Miami put together another solid class to help them close the gap under Mark Richt while other schools like Pitt and North Carolina pleasantly surprised with some good hauls. It should all make for an even more competitive ACC in the coming seasons and allow us to look back to Wednesday and see where it all began.

Top recruits (all rankings via 247Sports Composite): No. 2 overall Cam Akers (RB, Florida State), No. 6 overall Marvin Wilson (DT, FSU), No. 19 overall Tee Higgins (WR, Clemson), No. 28 Khalan Laborn (RB, FSU), No. 30 overall Hunter Johnson (QB, Clemson)

Top 25 classes: No. 7 Florida State, No. 13 Miami, No. 16 Clemson, No. 25 Virginia Tech

Biggest storyline: Florida State and Clemson continue to keep pace with college football’s elite, Miami closing the gap

Same ol’, same ol’ in the ACC when it comes to the recruiting rankings. The league’s past two title winners both turned in great classes full of impact players and continue to keep pace with the elite programs in the sport. The Tigers’ class wasn’t as highly rated as many expected coming off that championship down in Tampa but a lot of that has to do with the limited number of spots that the program had and nothing to do with the talented that signed with Dabo Swinney. The Hurricanes once again signed a quality group and even went outside the state to land speedy four-star receiver Jeff Thomas from Missouri.

Biggest surprise: Wilson heads to Tallahassee.

Wilson was one of the few recruits that had any drama surrounding his decision on Signing Day. While many expected it to come down to either LSU or Ohio State, it was the Seminoles who closed strong to add another top 25 player into the fold. The last five-star defensive tackle the team landed from the Lone Star State worked out well and history might repeat itself with the very talented Wilson.

Don’t sleep on: Louisville

It was a banner season in many ways for the Cardinals and that was true even if the ending was a bit rough on the field. After seeing quarterback Lamar Jackson capture the Heisman Trophy, Bobby Petrino’s staff really went after addressing needs along the offensive line while also adding size and speed on defense. It may not be as highly rated as the top tier ACC programs, but this a good effort on the recruiting trail for Louisville once again.

We’ll see about: Everybody else

The ACC is full of programs that are hard to peg when it comes to recruiting classes simply because they rely so much on developing recruits over several seasons. Duke landed a top 50 classes while Georgia Tech was right around the same area in most team rankings. We probably won’t know about those two or the Wake Forests of the world until a few years down the road so stay patient if you’re a fan of an ACC program that isn’t in the top 25.