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Baylor president denies boosters paid players

August 12, 2003

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— No booster was involved in improper financial aid to Baylor basketball players, university president Robert Sloan said Monday.

He would not elaborate on where two athletes got the money for tuition, an NCAA violation that lead to the resignations of coach Dave Bliss and athletic director Tom Stanton Friday.

Sloan met with players and their families for more than two hours Monday, saying there were "frustraation, tears, commitment, all kinds of emotion in the room."

Allegations of NCAA violations surfaced after the disappearance in mid-June of basketball player Patrick Dennehy, whose body was found July 25 in a field near a rock quarry southeast of town. He died of gunshot wounds to the head, according to a preliminary autopsy report.

Carlton Dotson, who played basketball at Baylor last season and lived with Dennehy for a few months, has been charged with murder. He remains jailed in his home state of Maryland, awaiting transfer to Texas.

Matt Sayman, a senior, said he and at least two other players would return this fall, despite Sloan's self-imposed sanctions barring the team from postseason competition.

Sloan said he would announce today a search committee to find the new basketball coach and athletic director.

"We want to move as quickly as we can," Sloan said.

John Lucas, a former Cleveland Cavaliers coach whose son plays on the Baylor basketball team, has been mentioned as a candidate to replace Bliss.

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