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In terms of scandals, it doesn’t get much bigger, or scarier, than what happened to Baylor in the early 2000s.
Patrick Dennehy and Carlton Dotson both transferred to Baylor and were teammates on the 2003-04 Bears basketball team, but they would be forever linked for much more than that.
After an extensive police search, Dennehy’s decomposed body was discovered with gunshot wounds to the head.
His decapitated head.
Dotson eventually plead guilty to murdering his teammate and was given a 35-year prison sentence.
If that had been it, it would have been bad enough. But it turned out that head coach Dave Bliss instructed his players to lie to investigators by telling them that Dennehy had been involved with drug deals as a way to pay his tuition.
In reality, Bliss was out of scholarships and had been paying Dennehy’s tuition himself. Bliss even threatened to fire an assistant coach if he didn’t go along with the plan.
To make matters even worse, drug and alcohol problems later hit the program and Bliss’s staff was hit with recruiting violations.
Ultimately, Baylor was suspended from postseason play the next season, given an extensive probation period and saw many of its players transfer away. The fact that Baylor has appeared in the NCAA tournament and competed for the Big 12 title less than 10 years removed from this tragedy is a testament to Scott Drew’s incredible coaching and program-building ability.