“He has turned his life around.”, Wenyika added, “We stand behind him. I don’t mind saying that. Claudia Bliss Claudia Bliss is the long time wife of disgraced former basketball coach, Dave Bliss. “He understands how much he can actually say to get the benefit of the doubt to get the emotional response he’s looking for from people. “I’m not exonerating myself but everything I said was true,” he said. Dennehy was never charged with a crime and is remembered as an innocent victim in an NCAA case that ended in 2005 with Baylor nearly being handed the death penalty. Bliss stepped down at Southwestern Christian in April after the doc aired. The reason I jumped on it I wanted the players to come in. Bliss appears in … Bliss has not coached Division I basketball since 2003, when an NCAA probe uncovered multiple violations, including the harrowing details into the murder of former Baylor player Patrick Dennehy -- killed by his teammate, Carlton Dotson. Among other violations, he admitted to paying Dennehy’s tuition (the same tuition he originally said Dennehy paid for by selling drygs). © 2004-2021 CBS Interactive. That’s when I told them about the talking points, ‘You guys just tell these investigators what you know.’”, Bliss’ role in the scandal has always portrayed as a cover-up. “I’ve got no reason not to tell the truth.”. In early August 2003, allegations arose concerning Dennehy's ability to remain with the Baylor basketball team during the 2002–2003 academic year without an athletic scholarship. “Redemption usually requires some remorse,” said Abar Rouse, a Bliss assistant at the time. © 2004-2021 CBS Interactive. During a 30-minute phone interview with CBS Sports Bliss gave different versions of how he got the information about Dennehy. “The only reason I said it on the documentary, it’s been 15 years. But in the film he says, “That’s why the police never went after me with a felony. Kondelis: “No I never found that out at all.”, Bliss: “I know but I’m telling you. Dennehy’s body was found July 25, 2003 near Waco, shot twice in the head. Dave Bliss, who notoriously resigned from Baylor University in 2003 amid an NCAA investigation that included Bliss concocting a story that a murdered player on his basketball team was dealing drugs, has been hired as the men's basketball coach and high school athletic director at a Christian-oriented school in Las Vegas, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Baylor teammate Carlton Dotson later pleaded guilty to murder. Wilson is likely referring to "Disgraced," a Showtime documentary released earlier this year. I knew that it would be important for the NCAA investigation but also for the legal investigation.”. Bliss was Baylor’s coach at the time, and he gained notoriety for insisting, in the wake of the death, that Dennehy had been a drug dealer. “Bob Fuller thinks that [Dennehy] got the money from dealing drugs,” Bliss says on the tapes. Bliss, who won more than 500 games as a Division I coach from 1975-2003, was given a 10-year show-cause by the NCAA in 2005. Former BU men’s basketball coach Dave Bliss at the Big 12 Media Day on Oct. 31, 2002. “There were people who said they saw him smoke marijuana,” Fuller said in the film, “but selling drugs? At the very least, the comments will once again bring into question Bliss’ ethics. A Morning News story from August 2003 says then-interim Baylor president William Underwood “acknowledged” investigative committee questions could have caused Bliss “to conclude that drug dealing was a plausible explanation for Mr. Dennehy’s money.”. “If we didn’t show that, we were going to be a mouthpiece for Dave’s redemption story …,” said the Austin-based filmmaker. “It took everything I had to maintain my composure. Kondelis then says: “Patrick Dennehy was selling drugs? In that interview with CBS Sports, Bliss called himself a “pariah” and “reprehensible” but stands by the Dennehy allegations. “All of this has been shared with the authorities. Disgraced former Baylor men’s basketball coach Dave Bliss has once again found a landing spot, this time at a small faith-based high … The former Baylor University head coach was blacklisted for over a decade in the wake of murder and scandal surrounding Baylor basketball. “During the conversations they shared with me the stories that divulged the things I have stated.”. There is far more damaging things we could have in the film that we did not.”, Bliss says during the film, “What I did was, I got in the mud with the pigs. Former head basketball coach Dave Bliss leaves the podium after a press conference during Baylor University’s 2003 basketball scandal. Bliss was caught on camera -- when he believed the taping at the time to be off the record -- repeating the lie about Dennehy being a drug dealer. [Bliss] is now in charge of mentoring young men again.”. Disgraced former Baylor men's basketball coach Dave Bliss has been hired as the boys basketball coach and athletic director at Calvary Chapel, a Christian school in Las Vegas. Twelve years after his coaching career collapsed in the wake of murder and scandal surrounding Baylor basketball, disgraced former coach Dave Bliss is … Bliss also claims in the documentary that Dennehy’s “parents also knew he was a druggie.” Dennehy was a Santa Clara, California native who transferred from New Mexico in 2002. Almost from the beginning, after the search for … "Yes we have," said September Wilson, a coach and teacher at Calvary Chapel. Men's Basketball Head Coach 3096 3096: scott_drew@baylor.edu: Butler, 1993 Jerome Tang: Associate Head Coach 4364 4364: jerome_tang@baylor.edu: Charter Oak State, 2007 Alvin Brooks III: Assistant Coach 4361 4361: Alvin_Brooks@baylor.edu: Idaho State, 2002 John Jakus: Assistant Coach 7161 7161 been found to … Bliss says he now believes that at the time of former player Patrick Dennehy’s murder in 2003, that Dennehy “sold [drugs] to all the white guys on campus.”. 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 … I’m going to knock his teeth in.”, Bliss says at one point, “Again, this isn’t right. Again, there has never been evidence that Dennehy dealt drugs. Bliss has not worked at an NCAA school since that time, instead writing a book and giving inspirational  speeches on his redemption. Bliss makes the most damning claims in an off-camera exchange with producer Patrick Kondelis. I spent a lot of time telling him, ‘Don’t lie.’, “I feel like that is the real Dave the audience can see. Patrick Dennehy was a basketball player for Dave Bliss at Baylor. "There's a great documentary he's put out there on his testimony, and that is the one thing everybody needs to see right now. section: | slug: disgraced-former-baylor-coach-dave-bliss-makes-damning-claims-in-showtime-doc | sport: collegebasketball | route: article_single.us | “It makes it crystal clear to me that [I was glad] I had those tapes,” Rouse said. Former Baylor basketball coach and indescribably terrible scumbag Dave Bliss, just about as awful a sports human as has not (yet!) Baylor basketball coach Dave Bliss speaks during a news conference Monday, July 28, 2003, in Waco, Texas. Bliss then acts out how Dennehy greeted visitors at his apartment and sold them drugs. 12:53 pm ET, Disgraced former Baylor coach Dave Bliss gets hired again, No. Dotson was convicted in 2005 after pleading guilty to murdering Dennehy. Rouse remains at peace with himself and what he did. Bliss was the head coach of Baylor basketball during one of it’s most trying times. UPDATE — Former Baylor coach Dave Bliss resigns from Southwestern Christian University after documentary airs. Bliss resigned at Baylor in August 2003 after it was determined he concocted the drug-dealing story to deflect blame as law enforcement and NCAA investigative officials were closing in. Coming at a time when Baylor is dealing with the 10-month old sexual assault scandal, this won’t exactly burnish the school’s reputation. 1 seed. Disgraced former Baylor coach Dave Bliss makes a series of inflammatory comments in a new Showtime documentary that threatens to change the narrative on the school’s 14-year old murder/NCAA scandal. Disgraced ex-Baylor basketball coach Dave Bliss again claims that a murdered former player was a drug dealer before he was shot and … Bliss, 73, will coach at Calvary Chapel Christian School, according to the report. “I was very, very honest with Dave and open with him. “He will apologize just enough but when pressed, the more he gets angry.”, At the end of the documentary Bliss concludes, “Of course I shouldn’t be forgiven.”. The Bears were 14-14 last season, 5-11 in conference play. He [Dennehy] was rampant and all the players knew it.”. Bliss attempted to cover up the fact he paid for players' tuition by making up a story that the murdered Dennehy was a drug dealer - a claim which was never proven. Dave Bliss, who as Baylor basketball coach in 2003 was at the center of a murder scandal involving his players, was hired recently to coach the Calvary Chapel boys team and … But when one of his players killed another, Bliss tried to paint the victim, Patrick Dennehy, as a drug dealer. Disgraced former Baylor coach Dave Bliss will return to the collegiate basketball sidelines next season as the head coach of Southwestern Christian University, according to a report by NewsOK.com. Disgraced former Baylor coach Dave Bliss makes a series of inflammatory comments in a new Showtime documentary that threatens to change the narrative on the school’s 14-year old murder/NCAA scandal. Dave Bliss, who notoriously resigned from Baylor University in 2003 amid an NCAA investigation that included Bliss concocting a story that a murdered player on his basketball … But that’s why but you’ll never be able to use it.”. He arrived at Baylor in 1999 and went 61-57 in four seasons. “There was never one person that said they actually saw Patrick selling drugs,” Waco police detective says in the upcoming Showtime documentary “Disgraced.”. “But at some point, winning versus producing good people has to be measured.”. Bliss, 73, coached at Oklahoma, SMU, New Mexico and Baylor before being hired at the NAIA school in April 2015. I shared this with everybody that investigated … None of this is new information. Former Baylor men’s basketball coach Dave Bliss is leaving the spotlight three days after a Showtime documentary further exposed his appalling cover-up after a player’s murder. Disgraced former Baylor basketball coach Dave Bliss seemingly has more lives than your cat. I’m bad for doing it.”, Still believing his comments aren’t for the camera, Bliss adds, “I apologize. He is currently serving a 35-year sentence. “When the murder happened I called all my players in because I didn’t know what was happening,” he said. I think that the Dave Bliss that we know today and stand behind is not the Dave Bliss from Baylor.”. I don’t care how old he is, I don’t care how weak I am. The arrest of Dennehy’s former roommate and teammate, Carlton Dotson for that crime. On secretly recorded tapes played in the film, Bliss can be heard telling at least one Baylor player, “I think if we can prove that Dottie [Dotson] and Dennehy were selling drugs we’ll be out of the woods.”. All Rights Reserved. Disgraced ex-Baylor basketball coach quits his new job after Showtime documentary showed he lied and said a player murdered by a teammate in 2003 was selling drugs. He was murdered by Carlton Dotson, a teammate, in 2003. Kondelis was asked if he had any reservations about using the passages when Bliss believed they were off-camera. Bliss, 59, has been a Division I coach for 28 seasons, working previously at Oklahoma, SMU and New Mexico. 6:45 pm ET, No. But now he’s saying he didn’t concoct anything, doubling down on his claims about Dennehy. section: | slug: report-disgraced-former-baylor-coach-dave-bliss-hired-by-las-vegas-high-school | sport: collegebasketball | route: article_single.us | Wilson said she did her research on Bliss when she first heard about the hire and encourages others to do the same before rushing to judgment. Bliss said at the time that Dennehy used the drug money to pay his tuition. There is no record in the NCAA public infractions report or evidence with law enforcement officials that Dennehy was selling drugs. 1 seed. That he's a man of Christ," Wilson said. Before coaching at Baylor, Bliss coached at Oklahoma (1975-80), SMU (1980-88) and New Mexico (1988-99). “I don’t want to see anything bad happen to Baylor,” said Rouse who has a degree from the school. She believes the experience and knowledge Bliss brings from his NCAA coaching days would be a great asset to the school's athletic department. Rouse was basically blackballed from the coaching profession after he gave the tapes to investigative reporter Danny Robbins who published their contents. He has been brought in by our superintendent.". Bliss would not elaborate on that statement Friday with CBS Sports. Bliss says he believed Dennehy was, in reality, selling drugs because Underwood “was chasing it.” Underwood is now the president at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. Covering the impact of coronavirus on the sports world. “Who knows what stories would have been spun which way? The story needs to be told accurately. 12 Mizzou-Auburn line is off, other best bets, Power rankings: Virginia makes jump into top 10, Rick Pitino recovering after bout with COVID-19, McBride leads WVU to thrilling win over Texas Tech, Coach K apologizes to Duke University student reporter, AP Top 25: Bama in top 10 for first time since 2007, Texas's Shaka Smart tests positive for COVID-19, Coaches Poll: Kansas, Tennessee out of top 10, Bracketology: Michigan solidifies its No. All of it has been shared.”. Allegations of impropriety within Baylor's athletic department surfaced and university president Robert B. Sloan appointed an investigative panel to determine if there were any potential violations of National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) rules at the school. But the most troubling storylines to emerge in the documentary were that of Baylor’s head basketball coach at the time, Dave Bliss. Bliss received a 10-year show cause penalty from the NCAA in 2005. CBS Sports is a registered trademark of CBS Broadcasting Inc. Commissioner.com is a registered trademark of CBS Interactive Inc. site: media | arena: collegebasketball | pageType: stories | We keep hoping this isn't true. That would be news to Brian Brabazon, Dennehy’s stepfather, who says of Bliss in the film, “If I ever meet him in public. Coaching at SCU was Bliss’ first college coaching job since being hit with a 10-year show cause penalty by the NCAA for his scandal at Baylor that involved the death of one of his players. It's his fourth coaching job since the infamous Baylor scandal. 6-keys: media/spln/collegebasketball/reg/free/stories, at I ended up settling with the Dennehys. No.”. I paid a price and the pigs liked it.”. In them Bliss is heard coercing Rouse and players into the narrative about Dennehy to create “reasonable doubt” for investigators. Baylor basketball coach Dave Bliss collects his notes after announcing his resignation, Friday, Aug. 8, 2003 in Waco, Texas. “I don’t want to be absolved from anything,” Bliss said when contacted by CBS Sports. "He is our athletic director. Bliss contended his assertions about Dennehy were “old news.” Whatever the case, the accusation is sure to open new wounds at Baylor, already reeling from the current sexual assault scandal. Bliss also intimates that the Baylor administration and local law enforcement officials knew Dennehy was a drug dealer. The news of Bilss' hire comes a few months removed from Bliss' resignation at Southwestern Christian University, an NAIA program in Bethany, Oklahoma. The film will debut on the cable network March 31. Baylor head men's basketball coach Dave Bliss spoke to the media Tuesday, July 22, about recent news regarding missing Baylor basketball player Patrick Dennehy: "Each of us associated with the basketball program and Baylor University is obviously shaken by the events that have occurred since yesterday. The case broke in 2003 after Rouse secretly taped conversations with Bliss. He has been the head basketball coach at Southwestern Christian University in Bethany, Okla. for the past two seasons. “When you feel like this has happened to you, you’re not expressing remorse.”. I just can’t go there. It’s not for a lot of money or anything like [but] it was easier to make it go away …”. Back then, he was a successful men’s basketball coach at Baylor. The murder of Patrick Dennehy, a scholarship player brought in by Bliss. “They thought [Dennehy] paid for his scholarship because he was selling drugs because you know – this is off camera – he was selling drugs,” Bliss tells Kondelis during a sit-down interview in the film. “I think Dave is very intelligent,” Kondelis told CBS Sports. “The words are clear in my ears,” Rouse told CBS Sports. Bliss’ new comments regarding Dennehy are made in the documentary that debuted Sunday at the South by Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas. 6-keys: media/spln/collegebasketball/reg/free/stories, at He's serving a 35-year sentence. All Rights Reserved. “When I heard [Underwood] was chasing it I just dovetailed my excuse right in with him,” Bliss said. Her husband was born David Gregory Bliss on September 20, 1943. Kondelis went on to ask: “So they were thinking that was the case with Patrick so you just jumped on the bandwagon?”, Bliss: “I jumped on that bandwagon. Former Baylor basketball coach Dave Bliss, in “Disgraced,” a documentary about the 2003 murder of Baylor basketball player Patrick Dennehy that premiered Sunday at … 12 Mizzou-Auburn line is off, other best bets, Power rankings: Virginia makes jump into top 10, Rick Pitino recovering after bout with COVID-19, McBride leads WVU to thrilling win over Texas Tech, Coach K apologizes to Duke University student reporter, AP Top 25: Bama in top 10 for first time since 2007, Texas's Shaka Smart tests positive for COVID-19, Coaches Poll: Kansas, Tennessee out of top 10, Bracketology: Michigan solidifies its No. They made a civil suit against me. Covering the impact of coronavirus on the sports world. He said he heard from players but also read about it in the Dallas Morning News. CBS Sports is a registered trademark of CBS Broadcasting Inc. 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