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.
Parmley told the FBI he bet on games for years, at a time he was working for the university. He said he had quit before he was promoted to the position of athletic director in January 2012, sources told The Oklahoman.
After his suspension, his attorney said Parmley never bet on any TU games.
Parmley, 39, is not facing any criminal charges but could be a witness in an illegal gambling case pending against Teddy Mitchell, of Oklahoma City.
Mitchell is awaiting trial in federal court in Oklahoma City.
Parmley could not be reached for comment Wednesday. His attorney, Trace Morgan, did not immediately respond to a message left at his office in Stillwater.
After his firing, Parmley worked for a short time as general manager at The Greens Country Club in Oklahoma City.
The university's president said in December that Parmley had revealed in October 2011 that he was cooperating in an FBI investigation. The president indicated that Parmley then denied betting on football.
The president said Parmley on Nov. 27 “admitted he had not been truthful in our 2011 conversation.”