Baylor assistant who taped Bliss is out

Originally Published: August 28, 2003
Associated Press

WACO, Texas -- The Baylor assistant basketball coach whose secretly recorded audiotapes revealed a coverup plot by former coach Dave Bliss has lost his job less than a week after the hiring of new coach Scott Drew, his lawyer said Thursday.

Abar Rouse's recordings, made July 30 and 31, revealed that Bliss had tried to use players and an assistant coach in an attempt to portray slain player Patrick Dennehy as a drug dealer.

The tapes of conversations between Bliss, Rouse and players show Bliss thought the drug story would steer investigators away from allegations the coach had improperly paid for Dennehy's tuition, an NCAA violation.

When hired last week, Drew had announced he would not retain any of the assistants hired under Bliss.

Rouse's lawyer, Michael D. Pegues of Dallas, said his client was disappointed when he was asked this week to clean out his office and surrender his athletic department car.

"There were some bad things going on. He reported them, and he expected to be there," Pegues said.

He said in stories in The Dallas Morning News and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that the university should want someone of Rouse's caliber sitting in someone's living room, talking about the school's integrity and academic success.

University spokesman Larry Brumley declined to discuss the matter, citing privacy issues.

"It's nothing personal against Mr. Rouse at all. He was part of a staff that has been transitioned out," interim athletic director David Brooks told the Star-Telegram.

Baylor officials have told Rouse he may be considered for other openings in the athletic department and can apply for other positions within the university, Pegues said.

"We don't know what's available. He wants to coach," the lawyer told the Morning News. "I don't think he's going to have an opportunity to do that at Baylor."


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