Baylor committee has another tape to hear

Updated: August 18, 2003, 4:35 AM ET

AUSTIN, Texas -- The committee investigating allegations of NCAA violations at Baylor has another tape of former basketball coach Dave Bliss to listen to in the ever-widening scandal.

A day after the committee heard secretly recorded tapes in which Bliss tried to use players and an assistant coach in an attempt to portray slain player Patrick Dennehy as a drug dealer, Richard Guinn recorded a conversation Bliss had with his son, senior center R.T. Guinn, at their Waco home.

Richard Guinn turned his tape over to investigators. He wouldn't disclose the nature of the conversation, but said Bliss at one point apologized to R.T. Guinn, saying, "I'm sorry about the things that happened."

Baylor investigator David Guinn, no relation, said Sunday he had locked the tape away and would play it for investigators as early as Monday. He said he had not listened to it.

David Guinn said he believed it was counterproductive for Bliss to be visiting players. In addition to talking to R.T. Guinn, Bliss also tried unsuccessfully to reach Harvey Thomas on Saturday.

"The facts are as they are. They are not going to change with more discussions with these players," David Guinn said.

Richard Guinn said Bliss was composed during the meeting.

"He said he was scared of what was coming out on the tapes," Richard Guinn said. Bliss brought a tape recorder to the meeting but didn't say why he wanted to record the conversation.

"I told Bliss we're not going to lie, we're not going to cover up, we're not going to hold back anything," Richard Guinn said.

Bliss did not return a telephone message left at his home Sunday.

The secretly recorded tapes assistant Abar Rouse made of Bliss showed Bliss thought the drug story would steer investigators away from allegations the coach improperly paid for Dennehy's tuition, an NCAA violation.

Bliss's coverup attempt was revealed Friday night when Rouse gave the Fort Worth Star-Telegram a copy of his tapes.

The Dallas Morning News reported Monday that on the day he disappeared Dennehy complained to Rouse about threats made against him. Rouse's attorney, LaNelle McNamara, told the newspaper that Rouse warned his bosses in the athletic department about what he heard.

Bliss resigned Aug. 8 when the school announced he had been involved in improper tuition payments to two players.

"What we've got to do here is create drugs," Bliss said on one of the tapes, which were recorded July 30 and 31 and Aug. 1.

Baylor investigators found no evidence Dennehy was involved in drug dealing.

Dennehy's body was found July 25 in a field about five miles from the Baylor campus. Former teammate and roommate Carlton Dotson is in a Maryland jail on a Texas murder warrant.

Baylor officials have said one unidentified player tried to use the drug dealing story with investigators but he recanted once the tape surfaced.

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