WACO, Texas - Mike Parsons, who has spent the past 35 years in West Virginia University's athletic administration, has been forced out of his current position as the school's deputy athletic director.
Parsons on Tuesday confirmed that he was no longer employed by the university.
"My last day in the office was [Monday],'' Parsons said in a telephone interview.
Parsons, 59, refused to answer questions regarding his departure, repeating, "I can't really comment on that.''
It is believed that in not discussing his departure, Parsons is following the terms of a settlement that was reached with the university. The late Bill Stewart agreed to a similar "gag order'' when he was forced out as the school's football coach in 2011, signing an agreement that stipulated he not discuss the matter publicly.
But it is general knowledge that there have been tensions between Parsons and athletic director Oliver Luck, who inherited Parsons as his deputy when he became the school's athletic director in 2010. Parsons, who began his WVU career in 1979 as the school's sports information director, had worked in the same deputy AD position under former athletic director Ed Pastilong.
Luck, contacted while attending Big 12 meetings, also refused to comment. "I can't give you any answers because I'm not authorized,'' Luck said.
In general, if a settlement contains a gag clause it usually applies to both parties.
One source of that tension was no doubt the Mountaineer Sports Network. Within the last two years Luck has implemented and completed a plan to outsource WVU radio broadcasts and a wide range of other functions. IMG College, after a protracted and rather messy process, was granted the rights to the school's third-tier media rights.