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Archive for Saturday, July 12, 2003

Bliss will resume recruiting as Dennehy search continues

July 12, 2003

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— As police continue their search for missing Baylor University basketball player Patrick Dennehy, the team's coach said it was time for his program to get back to work.

Coach Dave Bliss and his staff have kept a low profile since the mystery surrounding Dennehy began last month. But they plan to resume recruiting this weekend, and an on-campus camp for 12- to 18-year-olds was beginning Friday.

"We feel we have to move forward," Bliss said Thursday in his first extensive interview since June 28, three days after the school announced that Dennehy was missing. "We feel that we've tried to do everything in the appropriate manner."

Dennehy was last seen in mid-June. His car was later found abandoned in Virginia Beach, Va. Police still consider him a missing person, but they are also investigating the case as a possible homicide.

Some of Dennehy's friends say he told them he and former teammate Carlton Dotson were being threatened and that the pair obtained guns.

Bliss reiterated he and his staff were not aware of any threats.

"We had conversations with Patrick during that period, and at no time did he mention even the slightest involvement with a threat," Bliss said.

He said police told him they weren't considering any current players as suspects.

Bliss said he had no reason to be concerned about Dennehy before he failed to attend a class June 16. Even then, he said, the staff figured Dennehy may have taken "a long weekend."

It wasn't until Dennehy missed class the next day that coaches started trying to track him down, Bliss said.

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