Key dates in the Baylor saga

Updated: October 28, 2004, 4:44 PM ET
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Some key dates in the Baylor University basketball scandal.

2003
June 19: Patrick Dennehy reported missing to Waco police by his mother and stepfather.

June 25: Dennehy's vehicle found without its license plates in Virginia Beach, Va.

June 30: An affidavit for a search warrant for Dennehy's apartment is made public; it cites an informant who says former Baylor teammate Carlton Dotson told a cousin he shot Dennehy in the head as the two argued while firing guns in the Waco area.

July 17: Dotson contacts Maryland authorities to discuss Dennehy's disappearance, then leaves the Dorchester County Sheriff's Office after talking with a detective and an FBI agent.

July 21: Dotson asks to speak with FBI agents. Later in the day, Dotson is charged with murder. According to the arrest warrant affidavit, Dotson told FBI agents he shot Dennehy after Dennehy tried shooting him.

July 25: Sheriff's deputies find Dennehy's body in chest-high weeds near gravel pits where authorities had been searching. ... Earlier that day, school announces that three Baylor Law School professors will investigate the basketball program, stemming from questions about improper payments made to Dennehy.

July 30: A preliminary autopsy report shows Dennehy died of gunshot wounds in his head. His death is ruled a homicide.

Aug. 7: Baylor coach Dave Bliss and school president Robert Sloan are among about a dozen Baylor officials attending a memorial service for Dennehy at a church in San Jose, Calif.

Aug. 8: Bliss and athletic director Tom Stanton resign. School investigators said they discovered that Bliss was involved in two players receiving improper financial aid and that staff members did not properly report failed drug tests. Sloan puts program on two-year probation and one-year postseason ban. All players are offered a release from their scholarships.

Aug. 13: Autopsy report shows Dennehy was shot twice in the right side of the head.

Aug. 15: Assistant coach Abar Rouse turns over to investigators tapes he secretly made on July 30, 31 and Aug. 1, in which Bliss tells assistant coaches and players to lie and say Dennehy had been dealing drugs to pay for school.

Aug. 22: Scott Drew, 32, named Baylor's new coach. After going 20-11 in one season at Valparaiso, Drew reportedly receives a six-year contract worth $2.7 million, with clauses for more money and years. ... In Houston, Dennehy's father files a wrongful-death lawsuit seeking unspecified damages. Baylor, Bliss, Stanton and Sloan among those named in the lawsuit. The case is later moved to Waco.

Aug. 25: Big 12 allows Baylor players to transfer to other league schools without sitting out a season, helping John Lucas III (Oklahoma State) and Kenny Taylor (Texas). The NCAA already had issued the same waiver. With Lawrence Roberts also leaving (Mississippi State), the Bears are without their top three returning scorers. Incoming freshman Tyrone Nelson decides to attend Prairie View A&M.

Aug. 27: Dotson indicted on murder charge in Texas. Prosecutors begin extradition process from Maryland.

Sept. 8: Ian McCaw becomes Baylor AD. He'd held same job at UMass for 14 months; five years at Northeastern before that.

Sept. 12: Sloan receives a 31-4 vote of confidence from school regents, three days after the faculty senate urged his ouster.

Oct. 28: Dotson extradited to Waco jail.

Oct. 29: Dotson's attorneys enter an innocent plea.

2004
Feb. 26: Baylor releases findings of its investigation into the violations. The school finds major violations: illicit tuition payments made for Dennehy and Corey Herring, the athletic departments failure to respond properly to news that players used substances on the school's list of banned drugs, Bliss solicited funds totally $87,000 to boosters to be made to a Houston athletic foundation connected to a summer basketball program that included potential Baylor recruits, unethical conduct by concealing the payments (coverup); paying a player's tuition at nearby McLennan CC; providing free meals, transportation, apparel and apartment rentals for some players. Secondary violations included lending a player $100, giving free game tickets to a recruit's parent, having coaches watch recruits on official visits, more than one player eating with a recruit on a visit and providing some meals, apparel and transportation.

The school self-imposed more sanctions, reducing the amount of scholarships the school could give out for the 2004-05 season from 13 to nine; from 13 to 12 in 2005-06.

July 15: Dotson's trial was delayed from Aug. 9 to Oct. 11 so defense psychiatrists could spend more time evaluating Dotson.

Oct. 28: Dotson ruled incompetent to stand trial and sent to a state mental hospital for up to four months, after which his competence will be evaluated again.

Information from ESPN.com senior writer Andy Katz and The Associated Press was used in this report.

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