Tulsa AD Parmley Suspended With Pay After Admitting Gambling On Football To FBI
Univ. of Tulsa AD Ross Parmley was “suspended with pay” yesterday after the FBI “identified him as an ‘admitted gambler’ who was involved with Oklahoma City ‘bookie’ Teddy Mitchell,” according to Trammell & Clay of the OKLAHOMAN. Parmley “has worked for the university's athletics department” since ‘05. The university “placed Parmley on paid administrative leave.” Parmley has “not been charged” with a crime. A source said that Parmley “admitted to FBI agents he bet on college and professional football games for years before quitting gambling early in 2010.” He told the agents that he “used the Internet to make the bets.” The source said that Parmley “told FBI agents that he made payments to Mitchell on losses and collected from Mitchell on wins.” Parmley attorney Derek Chance said that Parmley was “never a target or subject of the gambling investigation but is cooperating with federal authorities.” The NCAA “opposes all forms of legal and illegal wagering on college sports.” It “claims sports wagering ‘threatens ... the integrity of the game.’” The NCAA said that its rules “prohibit athletics department employees ‘from wagering on intercollegiate, amateur and professional sports in which the association conducts championships’” (OKLAHOMAN, 11/28). In Tulsa, Bill Haisten reports Tulsa Exec VP & Treasurer Kevan Buck is “serving as the acting athletic director” (TULSA WORLD, 11/28).