Army Suspends Defensive Coordinator For Wakey-Leaks Involvement


Army Suspends Defensive Coordinator For Wakey-Leaks Involvement

The Black Knights storm onto the field at the start of the Army-Notre Dame game Nov. 20 at Yankee Stadium. The game's attendance was 54,251. Photo by Mike Strasser, West Point Public Affairs

Jay Bateman, a defensive coordinator for the Army West Point Black Knights football team, has been suspended for two weeks and fined $25,000 for his part in the ‘Wakey Leaks scandal‘. School officials says Bateman’s suspension was for “mishandling information about the Wake Forest football program’.

This only the latest indictment in the on-going Wake Forest saga centered around former radio analyst Tommy Elrod. In December, Virginia Tech assistant coach Shane Beamer was suspended and fined for failing to report that Elrod had contacted him in an attempt to provide the team with Wake Forest game plans. Louisville’s co-offensive coordinator Lonnie Galloway was also suspended for accepting stolen information that he passed on to the Cardinals’ defensive staff.

In December, Army put Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen Jr, U.S. Military Academy Superintendent, and athletic director Boo Corrigan in charge of investigating the school’s role in the scandal. Following this new announcement, Lt. Caslen told Andrea Adelson of ESPN.com:

“[Army’s] commitment is to foster a culture of excellence and winning in everything we do. 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.”

Dir. Boo Corrigan then added:

“Although no NCAA rules were violated, these actions do not represent our values. 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.”

Elrod and his attorney’s have yet to issue a statement. For more information on this scandal, see: “Your Guide to the Wakey-Leaks Scandal” [Politicus Sports, December 2016]
[Photo via US Army flickr account.]