Disgraced former Baylor coach Dave Bliss resigns from Southwestern Christian University

By Ron Clements 4 April 2017 203
Disgraced former Baylor coach Dave Bliss resigns from Southwestern Christian University

Showtime aired a documentary entitled "Disgraced" on Friday, putting a spotlight on the murder scandal that rocked the Baylor basketball program in 2003. 

The man in charge of Baylor basketball at the time, Dave Bliss, was given a 10-year ban from coaching in the NCAA, but NAIA school Southwestern Christian University hired him as its new basketball coach in 2015. 

Bliss resigned Monday from SCU, the school announced, three days after the Showtime documentary aired.

SCU president Dr. Reggies Wenyika affirmed his commitment to "seeking new leadership in a manner that is consistent with the university's beliefs, standards and policies, as a duty to our Christian heritage of providing a values-driven education, and accountability to our stakeholders and the public good," the school's statement said. 

"I accepted Coach Bliss' resignation earlier and our prayers and wishes are with him as he transitions," Wenyika said. "I have tasked a committee with commencing an immediate search and making a final recommendation for a new head coach to the Athletic Director and me. 

"As president, I would like to reiterate the University's commitment to ensuring the success of our student athletes on and off the field or court and look forward to the next participation season with new leadership in our men's basketball program."

Patrick Dennehy was a 21-year-old basketball player at Baylor when he was murdered and his badly-decomposed body was found in a gravel pit near Waco weeks later. Former teammate Carlos Dotson later pleaded guilty to murder and was sentenced to 35 years in prison. 

But that wasn't until after Bliss tried to cover up the murder and was caught on tape trying to convince people to lie about Dennehy being a drug dealer. The NCAA began to investigate the Baylor program and found rampant drug use within the program, which was overlooked by Bliss, numerous improper payments and benefits given to players and a failure by Bliss' coaching staff to "exercise institutional control over the basketball program."

"What I did was, I got in the mud with the pigs. I paid a price and the pigs liked it," Bliss is caught saying in the "Disgraced" documentary, via The Undefeated. Bliss agreed to an interview for the Showtime documentary and reiterated his claim that Dennehy sold drugs. 

"I don’t want to be absolved from anything," Bliss told CBS Sports. "The only reason I said it on the documentary, it’s been 15 years. The story needs to be told accurately.

"I’ve got no reason not to tell the truth."

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