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Tulsa AD on leave, tied to gambling ring

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Ross Parmley was suspended by Tulane from his position as athletic director after his name appeared in an FBI affidavit investigating a gambling ring in Oklahoma City.

Parmley, 39, will remain on paid administrative leave until the investigation into his alleged ties to an Oklahoma bookie is complete. Parmley was named athletic director in January after serving in an interim AD capacity for three months.

Parmley's name has been tied to the illegal gambling operation run by Teddy Mitchell of Oklahoma City. The Oklahoman on Tuesday reported that an admission to the FBI had been recorded on which Parmley states that he bet on college and professional games for multiple years, including during his time as an employee of the Tulsa athletic department.

The unsealed affidavit alleges Parmley exchanged funds for deposit with Mitchell, including a check for more than $1,700.

Parmley is cooperating with the investigators but is accused by Mitchell of being an involved gambler. He has not been charged but could be called as a witness against Mitchell, a 57-year-old alleged to have operated high-stakes poker games, accepted sports wagers and laundered the illegal proceeds along with nine others.

Mitchell faces more than 75 counts in a federal indictment. He has pleaded not guilty.
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