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NCAA won't sanction Tulsa University for gambling incident

The NCAA notified Tulsa University on Wednesday it will avoid sanctions because it fired athletic director Ross M. Parmley after learning he admitted to making sports bets.
by Nolan Clay Modified: April 10, 2013 at 9:43 pm •  Published: April 11, 2013

TULSA — The University of Tulsa has avoided sanctions over NCAA rules violations because it fired its athletic director after discovering he had made sports bets.

The NCAA notified the university on Wednesday of its decision.

The university came under NCAA investigation after The Oklahoman reported athletic director Ross M. Parmley admitted to the FBI that he bet on college and professional football games. Parmley was suspended Nov. 27 and then fired Dec. 4.

The NCAA prohibits student-athletes and athletic department employees from both legal and illegal sports wagering.

TU reported Wednesday the NCAA had determined the university had committed a secondary violation of regulations regarding institutional responsibility for employee conduct.

The university also reported the NCAA had “deemed sufficient” the university's actions after discovering Parmley's violations.

The university reported its actions involved Parmley's dismissal and an enhanced education effort over the NCAA rule against sports wagering.

“Obviously, we are pleased with the ruling handed out by the NCAA today,” TU President Steadman Upham said in a news release. “The University of Tulsa maintains the highest commitment to following NCAA policies and regulations among our administration, coaches and student-athletes.”

The university refused to release the NCAA's letter explaining the decision. A university official said the letter did not reveal whether the NCAA had imposed any sanctions on Parmley.

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by Nolan Clay
Sr. Reporter
Nolan Clay was born in Oklahoma and has worked as a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1985. He covered the Oklahoma City bombing trials and witnessed bomber Tim McVeigh's execution. His investigative reports have brought down public officials,...
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