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Key dates in the Baylor basketball scandal

6/23/2005 - Baylor Bears

Key dates in the Baylor basketball scandal:

2003

• 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.

2004

• 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.

2005

• 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.