No reason given for decision

Updated: December 10, 2003, 3:34 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

LAKEWOOD, Colo. -- Former Baylor basketball coach Dave Bliss resigned his volunteer coaching position at a Denver-area high school because of what an official called negative media attention.

Bliss began volunteering at Green Mountain High School last month and quit Monday.

"The media attention is out of hand," Green Mountain athletic director Jim Opperman said Tuesday. "You've got a guy whose son is going to school here, and he was going to volunteer his time, and now he's not going to because of all the media attention."

There is no phone listing for Bliss, who resigned from Baylor University in Waco, Texas, amid scandal. His son Jeff attends Green Mountain and will remain a member of the basketball team. Bliss' wife is originally from the Denver area, Jefferson County School District spokesman Rick Kaufman said.

During his brief time with the program, Dave Bliss declined to speak with reporters, and longtime Green Mountain head coach Bruce Dick would not address the subject.

News reports about Bliss' volunteer work surfaced last week and included descriptions of the scandal that led to his resignation.

Bliss resigned from Baylor in August after an investigation into the slaying of one of his players turned up NCAA violations.

Baylor transfer Patrick Dennehy, 21, was missing about six weeks before his body was found July 25 near a gravel pit southeast of Waco, Texas. He had been shot twice in the head.

His friend and former teammate, Carlton Dotson, 21, has pleaded not guilty to a murder charge.

The disappearance prompted an internal inquiry that revealed serious NCAA violations, including revelations that failed drug tests were suppressed and that Bliss had paid players' tuition.

The review also found Bliss had encouraged boosters to give money to a summer basketball program for high school players, which could have influenced recruiting.

Dennehy played two seasons for New Mexico before transferring to Baylor in the spring of 2002. Bliss had coached at New Mexico before taking the job at Baylor.

Green Mountain basketball coach Bruce Dick initially asked Bliss if he was interested in volunteering at the school this season and Bliss was glad to help, Opperman said.

"When the media attention got negative and out of line, he decided it wasn't in the best interest of his son or the program here. So he decided, in the best interest of those two things, that he would not volunteer his time any more," Opperman said.

"It's just not fair to our school or to our athletes -- or to Mr. Bliss," Opperman said.

Green Mountain High in a western suburb of Denver is 1-0 in basketball this season. Bliss' son, Jeff, a junior, scored 17 points in Green Mountain's 66-52 win against Greeley Central last Wednesday.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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