Move a response to basketball scandal

Updated: March 4, 2004, 9:06 PM ET
Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas -- Baylor responded to the scandal in the men's basketball program by appointing a special panel Thursday to recommend standards and policies for recruiting and admitting athletes.

An internal probe has revealed major NCAA violations by former coach Dave Bliss, including paying tuiton for players and other infractions. Baylor has sent its findings the NCAA.

The panel created by university president Robert Sloan Jr. is headed by former Bears football coach Grant Teaff, current president of the American Football Coaches Association. It is to report to the president by June 1.

"The work this task force will do over the next 90 days is important for ensuring that Baylor recruits and retains student-athletes of character who will succeed in the classroom and on the athletic fields and courts," Sloan said.

The school began its investigation last summer after the disappearance of player Patrick Dennehy. He later was found dead, and former teammate Carlton Dotson is awaiting trial on murder charges.

Bliss resigned in August. The school's investigation found that he paid up to $40,000 in tuition for two players, the coaching staff didn't report failed drug tests by athletes and Bliss lied to investigators.

Other violations included Bliss and his staff arranging meals, transportation, lodging and clothing for athletes or prospective recruits.

Coaches also paid $336 in tuition at a junior college for a prospective player, and Bliss coaxed improper donations from Baylor boosters for an AAU program.

It was the second major scandal to hit Baylor in a decade. A recruiting and academic fraud scandal under former basketball coach Darrel Johnson landed the school on probation in 1994.

Sloan recently questioned whether Baylor was recruiting the kind of athletes it should. The only private school in the Big 12, Baylor is the world's largest Baptist university.

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