Army suspends DC Jay Bateman for role in Wake Forest leak scandal

By The Sports Xchange  |  Feb. 7, 2017 at 4:21 PM
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Army suspended defensive coordinator Jay Bateman for two weeks and fined him $25,000 for accepting game-plan information from a Wake Forest radio announcer, the service academy announced Tuesday.

According to Army, its investigation determined that Bateman and former assistant Ray McCartney accepted "non-public information and took actions to conceal the information and its source."

Army defeated Wake Forest 21-13 on Oct. 29. A few weeks later, Wake Forest game-plan information was discovered in Louisville's stadium and a school investigation determined that radio analyst Tommy Elrod leaked Demon Deacons' information to opponents on multiple occasions.

"Our commitment is to foster a culture of excellence and winning in everything we do," said U.S. Military Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen, Jr., who handled the investigation. "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."

Athletic director Boo Corrigan said Bateman will be required to attend an ethics program.

"Although no NCAA rules were violated, these actions do not represent our values," Corrigan said in a statement. "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."

Army joins Louisville and Virginia Tech as schools that confirmed they received information from Elrod. The Atlantic Coast Conference fined Louisville and Virginia Tech $25,000 apiece for the actions of coaches who accepted the information.

Elrod, a former quarterback at Wake Forest, had been leaking information since 2014. He was fired from his radio job and banned from the school's athletic facilities.

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