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Parmley Introduced As Tulsa's New AD

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Ross Parmley, who has been serving as interim Athletic Director at the University of Tulsa, now has the job of leading the Golden Hurricane.

Parmley -- who has been serving as interim since November 14th -- will replace Bubba Cunningham, who took the same position at North Carolina.

Thursday morning, Parmley was officially introduced during a press conference.

"Over the past several years, Ross has handled positions with increasing levels of responsibility and has demonstrated his ability as a leader and administrator," said University of Tulsa President Steadman Upham. "After watching Ross the past few months as interim athletics director it was an obvious decision to name him our Director of Athletics."

Parmley has been with the University of Tulsa for seven years, first serving as Director of Football Operations. Most recently, he was Deputy Director of Athletics.

He takes over a program that has seen incredible success on the football field, but a basketball team that has not seen the NCAA Tournament in nine seasons after making the field of 64 eight times over a ten year span.

"We don't have the need for any major changes," Parmley said. "We just have to tweak, we've got to get better. Because as I said earlier, if you don't get better, you're going to get worse."

He'll also be guiding the program through what appears to be another conference change -- this time the proposed merger of Conference USA with the Mountain West.

"We're moving in the direction of a merger in Conference USA and I think there will be a lot of details come out in the next 30 to 60 days," Parmley said. "We have a lot of number one priorities."

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