Bliss working with Colorado prep team

Updated: December 4, 2003, 11:13 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

Former Baylor men's basketball coach Dave Bliss, who resigned after acknowledging that he broke NCAA rules by making payments to Patrick Dennehy and another player, is working again.

Bliss is a volunteer boys basketball coach for a suburban Denver high school team, on which his son plays. Bliss is assisting coach Bruce Dick, a longtime friend, according to reports in The Dallas Morning News and The Denver Post.

"A coach is always a coach," Bliss told reporters Tuesday. "I enjoy working with young people. If I can help, I'll collect water bottles and won't yell at the referees. And I'll try to encourage the players."

Bliss' youngest son, Jeff, is a junior guard for Green Mountain, which is expected to be a state playoff contender. Jeff Bliss averaged 17 points per game last season for Midway in Waco, Texas. Bliss relocated to Colorado to be closer to his wife Claudia's family.

Bliss has worked as a Division I coach for 28 seasons, previously at Oklahoma, SMU and New Mexico. He arrived at Baylor in 1999 and went 61-57 in four seasons. The Bears were 14-14 last season, 5-11 in conference play.

Bliss admitted that he paid for the remaining tuition after financial aid, estimated at $7,000, for Dennehy and freshman Corey Herring, two players who weren't on scholarship last season.

Dennehy was found dead July 25 with two gunshot wounds to the head. Another former Baylor player, Carlton Dotson, has been indicted on a murder charge in the death of Dennehy.

Dennehy's disappearance and death prompted an internal inquiry that revealed serious NCAA violations, including revelations that failed drug tests were suppressed.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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