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December 7, 2012

TU alumni hoping better days ahead after two scandals

TULSA — University of Tulsa alumni hope two high-profile firings this fall were a fluke and that the private school learns from recent troubles.

President Steadman Upham fired Athletic Director Ross Parmley on Tuesday after Parmley was linked to a federal gambling investigation in Oklahoma City less than 11 months into his tenure. Upham’s predecessor, Geoffrey Orsak, was fired in September after 74 days on the job.

“I was shocked because (athletic director) is a very high-profile job and especially with the stuff that happened to our president, you would have thought they would have done a better job vetting him,” said alumnus Nick Cooper.

Parmley, hired in January, was mentioned in an affidavit filed in support of an indictment against alleged Oklahoma City bookie Teddy Mitchell. Mitchell faces trial in April.

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