Friday, May 13, 2005
Bliss left program after payment scandal
WACO, Texas -- A former Baylor University basketball coach
caught in an NCAA violations scandal may be called to
testify at Carlton Dotson's upcoming murder trial.
Dotson is the ex-player charged with killing teammate Patrick
Dennehy. Dennehy had been missing about six weeks before his body
was found in a field in July 2003.
Defense attorney Russ Hunt says having former coach Dave Bliss
testify at Dotson's June 13 trial is a "possibility." But he
Dotson, 22, faces up to life in prison if convicted of gunning
Bliss resigned a month later after allegations of NCAA
violations surfaced. He later moved to Colorado.
An internal Baylor investigative committee later found that
Bliss had improperly paid up to $40,000 in tuition for
Dennehy and another player.
It also found that the coaching staff didn't report failed drug
tests by athletes and that Bliss lied to investigators in trying to
cover up his misdeeds.
Baylor then imposed sanctions on the men's basketball program,
and the NCAA is expected to decide on the case this summer.