School has 90 days to respond

Updated: December 10, 2004, 1:42 AM ET
Associated Press

WACO, Texas -- Baylor Bears received its expected notice of allegations Thursday from the NCAA about infractions in its men's basketball program discovered after the death of player Patrick Dennehy.

"We are pleased to have the formal notice, which initiates the final phase of the NCAA process," said Bill Underwood, a Baylor law professor and member of Baylor's compliance investigation committee. "There is nothing unexpected in the notice of allegations."

In August 2003, former basketball coach Dave Bliss and athletic director Tom Stanton resigned amid revelations that Bliss paid up to $40,000 for two players' tuition, and that staff members did not properly report some athletes' failed drug tests.

The resignations came after former Baylor basketball player Carlton Dotson was accused in Dennehy's death in June 2003.

The notice informs the university of the alleged NCAA rules violations that were found during an initial inquiry. It comes after Baylor submitted a self-report of rules violations to the NCAA earlier this year.

Baylor has 90 days to respond to the allegations, but can request additional time.

Underwood said he expects the university to complete the process with a hearing before the NCAA Committee on Infractions in April.

A task force was formed in March at the suggestion of an internal investigative committee, which submitted its findings to the NCAA in February after a seven-month probe.

That committee came up with self-imposed sanctions, including reduced scholarships, an extra year of probation and reduced contact between coaches and recruits. The school also banned itself from postseason play last season, the first for new coach Scott Drew.

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