Ex-coach says player thought he had scholarship

Updated: August 29, 2003, 1:45 AM ET

DALLAS -- The high school coach of Corey Herring, a former Baylor basketball player, says Herring believed he was on scholarship. But former basketball coach Dave Bliss says he wasn't.

"I mean, he wasn't paying nothing. Let's face it; to an 18-year-old kid, that's what's important. There weren't any bills coming home," Herring's high school coach, Jim Palano of Buffalo, N.Y., told The Dallas Morning News for its Friday editions.

Bliss resigned earlier this month after the university said it found major NCAA violations. A university investigative committee has said it found evidence that Bliss arranged improper financial aid for two players. One of those was Patrick Dennehy, who was shot to death this summer. The committee has not publicly named the other player.

Meanwhile, 20-year-old Herring, a 6-foot-4 forward who played sparingly last season as a freshman, has asked for and received his release from Baylor so that he can transfer to another school.

Ora Herring told the newspaper that her son "knew nothing about his tuition being paid for by Coach Bliss."

"At this point we know what happened, but it's between me and Baylor."

Palano said he is trying to help Herring without focusing on specifics about what happened at Baylor.

Bill Underwood, a member of the school's internal committee investigating improprieties in the basketball program, declined to provide details about Herring.

"The university is going to do everything that we can to assist him in moving on, as we are with the other players," he said.

Dennehy's body was found July 25 in a field a few miles southeast of the Baylor campus. A teammate, Carlton Dotson, has been charged with murder.

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