Panel formed last summer after Dennehy's murder

Updated: February 26, 2004, 2:44 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

WACO, Texas -- Baylor University will hold a Thursday morning news conference to announce the findings of its investigation committee looking into problems in the men's basketball program.

The committee was formed last summer in response to Patrick Dennehy's murder and related allegations of drugs and cash payments that eventually led to the resignation of head coach Dave Bliss in August.

Investigative committee members Bill Underwood, Michael Rogers and David Guinn will be joined by university president Robert Sloan Jr., according to the school. The news conference will start at 11:15 a.m. ET.

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

Carlton Dotson, a former teammate and roommate of Dennehy's who played for Baylor in 2002-03, was arrested last July 21 in his home state of Maryland. He was indicted for murder and awaits trial in Texas.

Dennehy's 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.

Sloan eventually placed the basketball program on a two-year probation.

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.

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