Players benched during investigations

Updated: November 12, 2003, 8:51 PM ET
Associated Press

WACO, Texas -- Baylor played its second exhibition game Wednesday night without Corey Herring and Harvey Thomas, who still have not been cleared to play by a university compliance investigation committee.

The committee is looking into possible NCAA rules violations. Herring and Thomas also sat out the first exhibition game Nov. 4, leaving the Bears and new coach Scott Drew with just six scholarship players in uniform.

The Bears' next game is their season opener Nov. 22 at home against Texas Southern.

Baylor placed itself on a two-year probation this summer and will not play in the Big 12 tournament or any other postseason events this season. The probation followed a school inquiry that began after the disappearance and death of player Patrick Dennehy. Former player Carlton Dotson is charged with the murder and is jailed in Waco.

Former coach Dave Bliss was found to be directly involved in paying tuition costs and other expenses for Dennehy and another player. The other player hasn't been named.

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