Former Baylor basketball coach Dave Bliss has been hired by a Las Vegas high school as its basketball coach and athletic director.
Bliss won more than 500 games as a college head coach. But his college career effectively ended at Baylor because of his role in allegedly attempting to frame Patrick Dennehy — the Baylor player who was murdered by teammate Carlton Dotson in 2003 — as a drug dealer. There was never any evidence to support Bliss’ claim.
Other bad acts that marked Dave Bliss’ career at Baylor:
- Paying the tuition of two of his players, a flagrant violation of NCAA rules.
- Allegations that he flew to the home of an illegally funded player in an attempt to persuade that player’s mother to lie if she were asked about the tuition money.
- Reports that he pretended to be that player’s father in a phone call to the school’s financial aid office, which was made in attempt to determine what evidence the school had against the coach.
All of those acts occurred when Bliss was at Baylor. It led to his resignation in August 2003. The school endured a long probation and scholarship penalties. Additionally, the Bears were unable to play nonconference games in the 2005-06 season, when Scott Drew took over as coach.
Bliss was given a 10-year show-cause penalty by the NCAA, effectively ending his college coaching career.
His history didn’t deter officials at Calvary Chapel Christian School in Las Vegas. The 73-year-old Bliss was hired to be the school’s boys basketball coach and athletic director.
The reason for his second chance came after Bliss’ pivotal role in a Showtime documentary “Disgraced,” which chronicled the Baylor scandal.
“There’s a great documentary he’s put out there on his testimony, and that is the one thing everybody needs to see right now — that he’s a man of Christ,” September Wilson, a coach and teacher at Cavalry Chapel told the Las Vegas Review-Journal’s Jonathan Saxon.
Southwestern Christian University, the NAIA college where Bliss had coached since 2015, announced his resignation several days after the film was released.