Tulsa AD Ross Parmley fired after FBI investigates gambling
Tulsa athletic director Ross Parmley was fired Tuesday night after the Federal Bureau of Investigation looked into his admitted gambling issues, reports the Tulsa World.
University of Tulsa President Steadman Upham sent a letter to the faculty and students of the school informing them of his decision. Parmley's name was brought up in an 84-page affidavit where the FBI said that Parmley had placed bets with Teddy Mitchell of Oklahoma City. Mitchell was indicted in September on gambling charges.
Parmley, 39, was placed on paid administrative leave after a court affidavit – unsealed last week in Oklahoma City – called TU's athletic director an "admitted gambler." The affidavit was part of an ongoing FBI investigation into an alleged Oklahoma City gambling ring.Parmley was not charged with a crime, but NCAA rules prohibit athletes and athletic department officials from “wagering on intercollegiate, amateur and professional sports in which the Association conducts championships.”
In the letter released tonight, Upham indicated that Parmley wasn't truthful with university officials in October 2011 about an FBI investigation and the extent to which he had been gambling.