** ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS, JULY 18-19 ** FILE - In this Feb. 8, 2003, file photo, Baylor head coach Dave Bliss watches as his Baylor team gets routed by Oklahoma during a Big 12 Conference game in Norman, Okla. After spending several years hiding fr
Jerry Laizure, File
April 07, 2015

BETHANY, Okla. (AP) Dave Bliss, who resigned at Baylor in 2003 following a major scandal, has been named head coach at Southwestern Christian University, a small NAIA school.

In 2003, Baylor player Patrick Dennehy was found shot to death after he had been missing for six weeks. Former teammate Carlton Dotson pleaded guilty to murder, and the ensuing investigation uncovered NCAA violations, illegal tuition payments and unreported failed drug tests on Bliss' watch, leading him to resign. Bliss also was secretly recorded by an assistant coach as he tried to persuade others to cover up his misdeeds by portraying Dennehy as a drug dealer.

Bliss, 71, has won more than 500 games in 28 years in stops at Oklahoma, SMU, New Mexico and Baylor. His teams have qualified for the NCAA Tournament 10 times.

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