Wake Forest coach feels betrayed by broadcaster

Detroit News wire services

Winston-Salem, N.C. — Wake Forest coach Dave Clawson feels betrayed and that his players were cheated by a former assistant coach-turned-broadcaster who peddled Demon Deacons’ plays to opponents.

“I’ve never experienced this level of betrayal in coaching,” coach Dave Clawson said Thursday after his team’s first practice since the school made public the results of a nearly monthlong internal investigation into potential leaks of game plans.

The scandal has garnered national headlines, overshadowing Wake Forest’s upcoming Military Bowl matchup with Temple.

“The big thing is that (the players) were cheated — they were not given a fair chance to compete on multiple occasions, but there’s nothing we can do about it,” Clawson said. “We found out what happened, we found out who did it, they’re no longer part of our program and now we need to move forward.”

The Associated Press has requested comment from every Bowl Subdivision team the Demon Deacons have played since 2014, and so far, only Louisville, Virginia Tech and Army have confirmed their involvement.

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