Key dates in the Baylor basketball scandal

Updated: June 23, 2005, 10:12 PM ET
Associated Press

Key dates in the Baylor basketball scandal:


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

• July 21: Carlton Dotson is charged with murder in connection with Dennehy's disappearance. Dennehy's girlfriend, Jessica De La Rosa, calls the NCAA enforcement staff to report violations in the Baylor men's basketball program.

• July 22: Baylor informs the NCAA that it is investigating possible major violations.

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

• 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 Bliss improperly paid tuition for Dennehy and another player and that staffers did not report players' 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. 15: Assistant coach Abar Rouse gives investigators tapes he secretly made two weeks earlier, 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 named Baylor's new coach. In Houston, Dennehy's father files a wrongful-death lawsuit seeking unspecified damages. Baylor, Bliss, Stanton and Sloan are among those named in the suit. The case is later moved to Waco.

• Sept. 8: Ian McCaw becomes Baylor athletic director.


• Feb. 26: Baylor's president reveals the school-appointed committee's report on problems in the basketball program, including findings that Bliss made payments to students, allowed major NCAA infractions and then tried to cover up the improprieties.

• March 4: Baylor appoints a special panel to recommend standards and policies for recruiting and admitting student athletes.

• June 21: A task force report recommends all student-athletes transferring to Baylor undergo criminal background checks and allow access to records of disciplinary actions at previous colleges.

• Dec. 8: A notice of allegations from the NCAA is sent to Sloan, Bliss and three former assistant coaches.


• April 15-16: Bliss and two former assistants appear before the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions.

• June 8: Dotson pleads guilty to murder without a sentencing deal.

• June 15: Dotson sentenced to 35 years in prison.

• June 23: The NCAA announces that Baylor will be forced to play a reduced schedule in men's basketball for one season, and the school choses the 2005-06 season for the penalty. The school will remain on probation through 2010.

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