Committee to recommend futher sanctions
WACO, Texas -- Baylor's internal review committee plans to recommend further sanctions in the men's basketball program after finding evidence of more NCAA rules violations under former coach Dave Bliss, committee members and their legal counsel said Thursday.
Kirk Watson, outside legal counsel to the committee, said the panel has found instances of inappropriate payments for plane tickets and meals. He also said there were secondary violations in which a player received tickets in excess of what NCAA rules permit.
"We have, in fact, found other violations that would be considered to be major violations under NCAA regulations," Watson told The Associated Press. "I do anticipate the committee will make additional recommendations to the president for further sanctions to be imposed on the university."
Watson said the instances involved more than one player, but he declined to say how many players could be involved. For privacy reasons, he would not mention names.
The Dallas Morning News reported in its online edition Thursday night that committee members William Underwood and Michael Rogers wouldn't identify the players, other than Patrick Dennehy, who was found shot to death in July.
The committee has been investigating violations in the Baylor program since Dennehy's disappearance in June. His body was found weeks later. A former Baylor player, Carlton Dotson, has been charged with murder and is jailed in Waco awaiting trial.
In August, Baylor President Robert Sloan said the committee had found evidence that two players' tuition for 2002-03 was paid and that staffers did not report some players' failed drug tests.
Sloan also announced that the 2003-04 team would not participate in postseason play. Bliss and athletic director Tom Stanton resigned the same day.
Underwood, a Baylor law professor and committee member, told the newspaper that further restrictions on recruiting would probably be among the recommendations. The committee is expected to submit its report to the NCAA next month.
Watson said from the beginning the committee expected to impose more sanctions if additional violations were discovered.
"It's always been anticipated that when the investigations were complete if we found additional violations there would be additional sanctions," Watson told the AP. "Our charge was to be diligent and review everything."
Rogers, also a Baylor law professor, said the five-month investigation has led to corrective measures already implemented by the athletic department.
The NCAA will evaluate Baylor's report and likely send the school a letter of official inquiry. Ordinarily, it would include a list of allegations the school would be asked to refute. In this case, most of the allegations will have been substantiated by Baylor.
The school and those implicated in the allegations can respond to the NCAA in writing. The school then will be scheduled to appear before the NCAA's infractions committee, which could happen next fall.
Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press
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