LAKEWOOD, Colo. -- Former Baylor basketball coach Dave Bliss
resigned his volunteer coaching position at a Denver-area high
school because of what an official called negative media attention.
Bliss began volunteering at Green Mountain High School last
month and quit Monday.
"The media attention is out of hand," Green Mountain athletic
director Jim Opperman said Tuesday. "You've got a guy whose son is
going to school here, and he was going to volunteer his time, and
now he's not going to because of all the media attention."
There is no phone listing for Bliss, who resigned from Baylor
University in Waco, Texas, amid scandal. His son Jeff attends Green
Mountain and will remain a member of the basketball team. Bliss' wife is
originally from the Denver area, Jefferson County School District
spokesman Rick Kaufman said.
During his brief time with the program, Dave Bliss declined to speak with reporters, and longtime Green Mountain head coach Bruce Dick would not address the subject.
News reports about Bliss' volunteer work surfaced last week and
included descriptions of the scandal that led to his resignation.
Bliss resigned from Baylor in August after an investigation into
the slaying of one of his players turned up NCAA violations.
Baylor transfer Patrick Dennehy, 21, was missing about six weeks
before his body was found July 25 near a gravel pit southeast of
Waco, Texas. He had been shot twice in the head.
His friend and former teammate, Carlton Dotson, 21, has pleaded not guilty to a murder charge.
The disappearance prompted an internal inquiry that revealed
serious NCAA violations, including revelations that failed drug
tests were suppressed and that Bliss had paid players' tuition.
The review also found Bliss had encouraged boosters to give
money to a summer basketball program for high school players, which
could have influenced recruiting.
Dennehy played two seasons for New Mexico before transferring to
Baylor in the spring of 2002. Bliss had coached at New Mexico
before taking the job at Baylor.
Green Mountain basketball coach Bruce Dick initially asked Bliss
if he was interested in volunteering at the school this season and
Bliss was glad to help, Opperman said.
"When the media attention got negative and out of line, he
decided it wasn't in the best interest of his son or the program
here. So he decided, in the best interest of those two things, that
he would not volunteer his time any more," Opperman said.
"It's just not fair to our school or to our athletes -- or to
Mr. Bliss," Opperman said.
Green Mountain High in a western suburb of Denver is 1-0 in
basketball this season. Bliss' son, Jeff, a junior, scored 17 points in Green Mountain's 66-52 win against Greeley Central last Wednesday.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.