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
"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
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