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Bliss hired at Allen Academy

BRYAN, Texas -- Former Baylor basketball coach Dave Bliss, who resigned in 2003 in the wake of a scandal following the murder of Bears player Patrick Dennehy, has been named the dean of students, athletic director and boys basketball coach at Allen Academy, a college preparatory school.

Bliss was hired by the school Wednesday, according to John Rouse, the Head of School for Allen.

"Bliss was Allen's top choice from an extensive list of strong candidates from throughout the region," Rouse said, according to KBTX television. "He is a testament to the commitment we have to maintaining our position as one of the best college preparatory schools in the southwest."

Bliss resigned at Baylor following the death of Dennehy, who was killed by former teammate Carlton Dotson. During the investigation of the case, it was discovered that Bliss paid for part of Dennehy's tuition (and that of another player) and tape recordings revealed that Bliss lied to investigators during the case. He resigned in August 2003.

"Having gone through what I went through, some people would think you would miss the money and the fame of Division I coaching," Bliss said, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "But the part that I really missed was being around young people and being around my players and being on a campus in an educational setting, because that's all I've known for most of my life."

Since leaving Baylor, Bliss worked as a volunteer assistant coach at a Denver-area high school and was the head coach of the Dakota Wizards of the Continental Basketball Association for one season. He's been back in Texas since 2008.