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Friday, May 13, 2005
Bliss left program after payment scandal

Associated Press

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 wouldn't elaborate.

Dotson, 22, faces up to life in prison if convicted of gunning down Dennehy.

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.