Friday, November 4, 2005
Bliss says he 'doesn't deserve' to coach in college
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Dave Bliss said he doesn't deserve a
chance to coach in college again after leaving Baylor amid a
scandal and cover-up that unraveled when one of his players was
fatally shot by a teammate.
Bliss also said he told former assistant Abar Rouse, who
secretly recorded Bliss scheming a cover-up, that he harbored no
hard feelings for taping the conversations that helped launch a
widespread NCAA investigation in 2003 and spurred Bliss'
"I don't deserve a chance to coach in college again because I
abused my opportunity," Bliss said in Friday's edition of the Fort
Worth Star-Telegram. "The only thing I know now is that my heart
is back in the right place."
Bliss spoke to the newspaper in Bismarck, N.D., where he is
beginning his first season as coach of the Dakota Wizards of the
Continental Basketball Association.
In June, Baylor was put on five years probation and banned from
playing nonconference games this season following the investigation
that began when former player Patrick Dennehy was shot to death in
Bliss and athletic director Tom Stanton resigned two months
later. In June of this year, former teammate Carlton Dotson pleaded
guilty to murder in Dennehy's death and was sentenced to 35 years
Baylor found that Bliss improperly paid up to $40,000 in tuition
for Dennehy and another player, and that the coaching staff didn't
report players' failed drug tests.
In conversations recorded by Rouse, Bliss asked him to lie to
investigators by saying Dennehy paid his tuition by dealing drugs.
Bliss said he wants to counsel young coaches in hopes of helping
them keep their integrity.
"I have no understanding how I got to that point," Bliss said.
"In a panic situation, you don't always make good decisions."