Coach says he is enrolled

Updated: October 1, 2003, 12:30 PM ET
Associated Press

FORT WORTH, Texas -- Baylor guard Corey Herring, who might have been the second Baylor player whose tuition was improperly secured last year by then-coach Dave Bliss, has returned to the team with a scholarship.

"The only thing I know is (the Baylor committee) contacted me and they said the NCAA granted him a chance to come back here, be on scholarship and play," new coach Scott Drew told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "Those are the only details I needed to know."

Baylor's investigative committee, looking into allegations of NCAA violations, found that Bliss arranged to have tuition payments made for Patrick Dennehy and another player, then plotted a cover-up. The committee has not revealed the name of the second player, but Bliss told in August that Herring was the other player.

Baylor has declined to comment on how Herring's tuition was paid last season. However, his mother and a former high school coach both have said Herring thought he was on a full scholarship.

The scandal came to light after Dennehy disappeared in mid-June. His body was found July 25 in Waco, and his former teammate Carlton Dotson has been indicted on a murder charge.

Herring, a 6-foot-4 sophomore from Buffalo, N.Y., who played sparingly last season, does not wish to comment, Baylor spokesman Heath Nielson said.

Herring was not expected to return to Baylor, the world's largest Baptist university with nearly 14,000 students in Waco, about 100 miles south of Fort Worth.

Drew said when he took over as coach in late August after Bliss resigned that the committee told him of only seven returning scholarship players. Herring's return makes eight.

Herring enrolled in classes before the Sept. 12 deadline, Drew said, and he rejoined the team for offseason workouts Monday.

Herring played in 18 games last season and scored three points, all free throws, and had 16 rebounds.

Baylor enters this season under a self-imposed two-year probation, including a one-year ban on postseason play.

The Bears open the regular season at home on Nov. 22 against Texas Southern.

Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press