Thursday , Jun , 23 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

Baylor basketball placed on probation through 2010

Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – The NCAA announced Thursday that the
Baylor men’s basketball program has been placed on probation through 2010 and
will have to play a shortened season either this year or next based on
findings of its investigation.

Baylor will be allowed to decide which of the next two seasons it will not
play non-conference games. The Bears will be able to play Big 12 Conference
games and will remain eligible for postseason competition, though.

The committee’s findings included intentional violations committed by the head
coach at the time, Dave Bliss, and members of his staff, and attempts to cover
up those violations by providing inaccurate information and falsifying
documents.

“The coaches’ disregard for NCAA rules has tarnished them, the university, and
intercollegiate athletics as a whole,” said Gene Marsh, chair of the Division
I Committee on Infractions and a professor of law at the University of
Alabama.

Among the numerous infractions, Bliss was believed to have made improper
payments to students, including the late Patrick Dennehy. The investigation
on the basketball program was put into motion when Dennehy was found dead in
July of 2003 and teammate Carlton Dotson was charged with his murder.

Dotson has since pleaded guilty to the crime and was sentenced to 35 years in
prison.

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