Bliss went 19-29 in one season with Dakota Wizards

Updated: March 21, 2006, 11:30 PM ET
Associated Press

BISMARCK, N.D. -- Former Baylor coach Dave Bliss has resigned as the coach of the CBA's Dakota Wizards after posting a losing record in his first year with the team.

Wizards general manager Jane Link said Bliss sent a letter of resignation to the Bismarck-based team Tuesday.

"He cited family reasons," Link said. She said Bliss' wife would not move from the couple's home in Denver.

Bliss could not immediately be reached for comment Tuesday night.

Bliss posted a 19-29 record with the team, including franchise-record 18 consecutive losses. The team was 3-21 on the road. He had a two-year contract.

Bliss was hired by the Wizards two years after he resigned as Baylor's coach amid a scandal after one of his players was shot to death.

Bliss and athletic director Tom Stanton stepped down in August 2003, two months after the death of player Patrick Dennehy. Former teammate Carlton Dotson pleaded guilty last year to killing Dennehy and was sentenced to 35 years in prison.

Baylor found that Bliss improperly paid up to $40,000 in tuition for Dennehy and another player, and that the coaching staff had not reported players' failed drug tests. Bliss also asked players and an assistant coach to lie to investigators by saying Dennehy paid his tuition by dealing drugs.

Bliss had a college coaching record of 526-328 over 28 years. He also coached Oklahoma, Southern Methodist and New Mexico.


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