Thursday , Feb , 26 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Baylor reveals results of investigation

Waco, TX (Sports Network) – At a Thursday morning news conference, Baylor
University announced the results of an investigation concerning scandals
within the men’s basketball program.

University president Robert Sloan, citing a report by a school-appointed
committee, accused former head coach Dave Bliss of allowing major NCAA
infractions during his four years at the school.

Bliss was found to have made improper payments to students, including the late
Patrick Dennehy. The report on the basketball program was ordered after
Dennehy was found dead in July and another player was charged with his murder.

Bliss resigned in August.

The committee found evidence that Bliss paid the tuition for Dennehy and
another player during the 2002-03 season. Additionally, the program did not
report some players’ failed drug tests.

Bliss had been the head coach at Baylor since 1999 and posted a record of
61-57, including 14-14 in his last season. The Bears had just one winning
season and made one NIT appearance in Bliss’ four years with the school. Bliss
had a mark of 252-202 in 28 years as a head coach with Oklahoma, SMU, New
Mexico and Baylor.

Dennehy was reported missing by his family on June 19 and his body was found
late last summer in Waco near a rock quarry. Carlton Dotson, Dennehy’s
roommate and former teammate, was arrested and charged with his murder on
July 21. He reportedly told authorities he shot Dennehy when Dennehy tried to
shoot him.

Among other NCAA infractions found, members of Bliss’s coaching staff arranged
for meals, transportation, lodging and clothing for more than one athlete or
prospective athlete, Sloan said.

Bliss was also found to have violated NCAA rules by soliciting representatives
of the school’s sports interests to make charitable contributions to a group
that sponsored amateur league basketball — teams that included prospective
team athletes.