Report: Baylor to name Drew new hoops coach

Updated: August 22, 2003, 12:03 AM ET

DALLAS - With the fallout from the scandal-filled tenure of Dave Bliss still being sorted out, Baylor reportedly is set to name Valparaiso's Scott Drew its new men's basketball coach.

The Dallas Morning News reported on its Web site Thursday that Baylor is expected to introduce Drew at a Friday news conference.

Drew went 20-11 last season for Valparaiso, leading the Crusaders to the NIT in his first season as coach.

Drew's departure creates a vacancy at Valparaiso, one of the most successful mid-major programs in recent years. ESPN is reporting that Homer Drew, Scott Drew's father and a former Crusaders' coach, will come out of retirement for a second stint on the bench.

Bliss resigned August 8 after former Baylor basketball player Carlton Dotson was charged with murder in the death of former teammate and roommate Patrick Dennehy.

It later was revealed that Bliss attempted to orchestrate a cover-up within the basketball program to portray Dennehy as a drug dealer in an effort to distance the coach from an investigation surrounding illegal tuition payments to Dennehy.

Another player, R.T. Guinn, has charged that Bliss instructed him to lie to investigators.

Three Baylor players have transferred since the NCAA granted an exemption to the rule calling for them to sit out a season. Preseason Wooden Award candidate Lawrence Roberts transferred to Mississippi State and Kenny Taylor has said he will transfer to Texas.

Scott Drew, 32, spent nine years as an assistant under his father at Valparaiso. The Crusaders burst on the scene in 1998 on a last-second game-winning shot by Bryce Drew that beat Mississippi and sent Valparaiso to the "Sweet 16" of the NCAA Tournament for the first time.

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