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Report: Tulsa AD is ‘admitted gambler’; could NCAA come calling?

Ross Parmley

It wasn’t a great day for Tulsa athletics yesterday. The Big East “acquired” two Conference USA programs to join the league beginning in 2014: East Carolina and Tulane. Tulsa, obviously, was passed over.

But now the university has more pressing, short-term issues. Per the Daily Oklahoman, athletic director Ross Parmley was placed on administrative leave Tuesday after the FBI identified him as an “admitted gambler.” Parmley, who became AD this past January, is said to have been involved with Oklahoma City bookie Teddy Mitchell.

The report states “Parmley admitted to the FBI that he bet on college and professional football games for years before quitting gambling early in 2010… He told the FBI he made payments to Mitchell on losses and collected from Mitchell on wins, said the source who has read an FBI report on his interview.”

The problem at hand is that Parmley has been an athletic department employee at TU since 2005 and the NCAA prohibits gambling on both professional and collegiate sports. As John Infante of the Bylaw Blog writes, “Chief among the NCAA’s questions for Parmley [if there is an inquiry] will be how long his gambling went on, whether other athletic department staff were involved, and what type of gambling education the Tulsa athletic department conducted.”

There would also be questions about the relationships between Parmley and Mitchell, and Mitchell and TU’s student-athletes. In other words, point-shaving could be a possibility.

Parmley has not been charged yet and Mitchell is awaiting trial on a federal indictment for operating an illegal gambling enterprise.

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5 Responses to “Report: Tulsa AD is ‘admitted gambler’; could NCAA come calling?”
  1. strauhal says: Nov 28, 2012 10:49 AM

    This story is ridiculous! Betting your favorite teams will win is harmless to 90% of those involved. He placed bets and won and lost and paid what he owed and collected on what won. And? He was honest about which he should be. Ask him if anyone else was involved and! Simple! He hasn’t even been charged! You know why? Cause there was only an illegitimate crime committed. I personally challenge the FBI and the NCAA to arrest or sanction me on this. Have I ever bet on a game? No, not once. Would I? No, cause I would Lose 100% of the Time and I don’t have the salary of an AD to throw money away. I even stringently believe in following the rules, but this is ridiculous.

    Now if he didn’t declare his winnings on his taxes, than yeah, fine him. I don’t agree with not filing income with the government.

  2. John A. says: Nov 28, 2012 12:33 PM

    Actually, your comment is ridiculous.

    A five-year-old makes better arguments than the one you post here.

  3. roundup5 says: Nov 28, 2012 12:43 PM

    Hire Embree, and sign him to a no-cut 500 year
    contract, so I don’t have to listen to his impersonation
    of Jessie Jackson.

  4. raysfan1 says: Nov 29, 2012 12:13 AM

    @strauhal–
    1) As an athletic department employee, Parmley has had access to information most people don’t have.
    2) He also has had positions of authority over both coaches and players as the AD.
    You should have realized this and still failed to understand why the NCAA might be concerned, so…
    3) He could have used inside information to bet for (or against) his team.
    4) The bookie could use that knowledge to adjust his betting lines (the two of them conspiring on that intentionally would be racketeering).
    5) He could have pressured people about player selection, tactics, etc to try to influence outcomes on games upon which he wagered.
    6) He could have been extorted or otherwise pressured by the bookie or other to use his influence as described in #5.

    Gambling on sports opens the sport up to questioning the legitimacy of who wins or loses. If the sport loses that legitimacy, it gets relegated to the same level as professional wrestling.

    Do you now see why the NCAA cares? Even if the law enforcement agencies never charge him (and he is not at all out of the woods on that yet), if the NCAA decides they are convinced he gambled on University of Tulsa sports, expect him to not only be fired but to have a permanent “show cause” tag on him that will keep him from ever working in collegiate athletics again.

  5. csilojohnson says: Dec 2, 2012 12:20 PM

    So what your saying is gambling might be ok in the NFL. Considering all legitimacy has been lossed elsewhere.

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