possibly the worst person in basketball is headed to Sin City. How appropriate.
Dave Bliss, the disgraced former Baylor coach who once tried to smear the character of a dead player in order to protect himself, has a new job. Remarkably, Calvary Chapel Christian School has reportedly hired Bliss to serve as athletic director and boy’s basketball coach, despite his despicable past.
“He is our athletic director,” a coach and teacher at Calvary,” September Wilson, a coach and teacher at Calvary Chapel told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “He has been brought in by our superintendent.”
The hiring standards at the school must be remarkably low.
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“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,” Wilson said. “That he’s a man of Christ.”
The only documentary anyone needs to see when it comes to Bliss is the Showtime film “Disgraced,” which details the whole sorry situation he was a part of.
In 2003, one of his players, Patrick Dennehy, was shot and killed by teammate Carlton Dotson. At the time of his death, Bliss was illegally paying his and other players’ tuitions. As the murder investigation unfolded and the mysterious cash was discovered by authorities, Bliss lied and told them Dennehy was a drug dealer.
To save his own hide, Bliss also urged other players and coaches to also lie for him. One assistant, Abar Rouse, taped those conversations.
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“If there’s a way we can create the perception that Pat may have been a dealer,” Bliss was caught on tape telling players. “Even if we had to kind of make some things look a little better than they are, that can save us.”
In 2005, the NCAA hit Bliss with a record 10-year show-cause order, which essentially cloaked him and whatever program he worked for with sanctions for a decade.
In 2015, the year his NCAA punishment was lifted, Bliss was hired to coach at Southwestern Christian, an NAIA school. But in April, when the Showtime documentary aired, Bliss hastily resigned.
He was out of a job for four months.
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