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Dave Bliss – Despicable, Disgusting and Dumbfounding – and Those are the Nicest Things You Can Say About Him

It’s not as if Baylor needed more bad news – even if its old news – but a new documentary on the lowest of the many low moments in Baylor Athletics history has reminded many of what a completely corrupt athletics program Baylor has been running for decades now.  It’s not enough that Head Football Coach Art Briles keeps trying to rehabilitate himself after he let his football players abuse and rape women.  It’s not enough that Baylor apparently strong-armed the Waco police into helping cover up their players’ crimes.  Now, everyone has to be reminded that former Head Basketball Coach Bliss actually attempted to cover up a murder of one of his players – by another player.  And rather than having a respectable degree of remorse, Bliss apparently still thinks he got the short end of the stick by being banned from coaching for 10 years.  Yet amazingly, another supposedly Christian college hired Bliss two years ago.  Bliss had been the basketball coach at Southwestern Christian University in Bethany, OK  – which Red is sure is a fine institution that believes in forgiveness such that it hires complete scum like Bliss – until Showtime recently aired the new documentary detailing Bliss’ role in covering up the murder of  Patrick Dennehy by teammate Carlton Dotson in 2003.  Bliss claimed that Dennehy was a drug dealer – a vicious lie that Bliss refuses to let go of.   Deadspin has more on why Bliss was likely forced to resign and why this piece of walking human filth should never be around college students again.

Southwestern Christian University men’s basketball coach Dave Bliss announced his resignation this evening just a few days after Showtime premiered a documentary on the murder of former Baylor player Patrick Dennehy by then-teammate Carlton Dotson in 2003. Bliss was the Bears’ coach at the time, and his handling of the scandal is a major part of the documentary.

Bliss agreed to be interviewed for the documentary, even though it would inevitably reflect harshly on his time in charge of Baylor. After Dennehy was killed, Bliss repeatedly claimed that he had paid his tuition at Baylor by selling drugs. In fact, Bliss had violated NCAA rules by paying Dennehy’s tuition himself after Dennehy transferred from New Mexico. The NCAA was closing in on Bliss, and he cooked up the drug dealing story (which Waco PD say there is no evidence for) to shake investigators.

In the documentary, he repeated his claim, saying, “He was selling drugs. He sold to all the white guys on campus … He was the worst.” Despite the apparent fabrication, Bliss defended his comments after they were revealed last month.

Today in Texas History – July 29

From the Annals of Public Non-Broadcasting  –   In 2010, Baylor University’s KWBU-TV/Waco signed off after 21 years due to budgetary shortfalls. The PBS station went on the air in 1989 as KCTF and in 1994 the license was transferred to Brazos Valley Public Broadcasting Foundation and the station was moved to the Baylor campus.  The Waco community never fully supported the station and lack of local contributions ended its run.  Although Baylor had majority control of the BVPBF, KWBU still technically held a community license. However, the partnership with Baylor led to the perception that it was a “Baylor station,” which further cut into the community support needed to keep the station on the air.  Baylor itself was apparently uninterested in picking up the slack to keep public broadcasting on the air in Waco.  Could the University’s all-consuming focus on its corrupt men’s basketball and football programs have had anything to do with that?