Just days after a Showtime documentary aired that revisited his misgivings at Baylor 14 years ago, Dave Bliss resigned as the head basketball coach at Southwestern (Okla.) Christian University on Monday.
Bliss was head men’s basketball coach at Baylor from 1999 to the summer of 2003, when he came under fire for NCAA violations that came to light following the murder of player Patrick Dennehy. An NCAA investigation found that Bliss had paid the tuition for Dennehy and another player, and recordings made by then-BU assistant coach Abar Rouse revealed that Bliss attempted to frame Dennehy as a drug dealer following the player’s death.
Bliss and then-Baylor athletic director Tom Stanton resigned in the aftermath.
The scandal’s sordid details were the focus of “Disgraced,” a documentary that debuted on Showtime on Friday. On Monday, Bliss submitted his letter of resignation at Southwestern Christian, an NAIA school at which he’d coached since 2015.
“I accepted Coach Bliss’ resignation earlier today, and our prayers and wishes are with him as he transitions,” Southwestern Christian president Reggies Wenyika said. The statement added that Wenyika would begin an immediate search for Bliss’ replacement – a person who would act in accordance with the school’s “beliefs, standards and policies.”
The NCAA hit Bliss with a 10-year show-cause notice following his depature from Baylor for what the NCAA termed a “blatant and sweeping disregard” of the rules. The notice meant that if any NCAA instiution hired Bliss in that time frame, he would have to abide by whatever restrictions an NCAA infractions committee ordered.
Bliss coached at a Denver-area high school and in the Continental Basketball Association before taking over as athletic director, dean of students and basketball coach at Bryan’s Allen Academy in 2010.
In two seasons at Southwestern Christian, Bliss recorded a 40-28 record.