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Committee to recommend futher sanctions

WACO, Texas -- Baylor's internal review committee plans to
recommend further sanctions in the men's basketball program after
finding evidence of more NCAA rules violations under former coach
Dave Bliss, committee members and their legal counsel said
Thursday.

Kirk Watson, outside legal counsel to the committee, said the
panel has found instances of inappropriate payments for plane
tickets and meals. He also said there were secondary violations in
which a player received tickets in excess of what NCAA rules
permit.

"We have, in fact, found other violations that would be
considered to be major violations under NCAA regulations," Watson
told The Associated Press. "I do anticipate the committee will
make additional recommendations to the president for further
sanctions to be imposed on the university."

Watson said the instances involved more than one player, but he
declined to say how many players could be involved. For privacy
reasons, he would not mention names.

The Dallas Morning News reported in its online edition Thursday
night that committee members William Underwood and Michael Rogers
wouldn't identify the players, other than Patrick Dennehy, who was
found shot to death in July.

The committee has been investigating violations in the Baylor
program since Dennehy's disappearance in June. His body was found
weeks later. A former Baylor player, Carlton Dotson, has been
charged with murder and is jailed in Waco awaiting trial.

In August, Baylor President Robert Sloan said the committee had
found evidence that two players' tuition for 2002-03 was paid and
that staffers did not report some players' failed drug tests.

Sloan also announced that the 2003-04 team would not participate
in postseason play. Bliss and athletic director Tom Stanton
resigned the same day.

Underwood, a Baylor law professor and committee member, told the
newspaper that further restrictions on recruiting would probably be
among the recommendations. The committee is expected to submit its
report to the NCAA next month.

Watson said from the beginning the committee expected to impose
more sanctions if additional violations were discovered.

"It's always been anticipated that when the investigations were
complete if we found additional violations there would be
additional sanctions," Watson told the AP. "Our charge was to be
diligent and review everything."

Rogers, also a Baylor law professor, said the five-month
investigation has led to corrective measures already implemented by
the athletic department.

The NCAA will evaluate Baylor's report and likely send the
school a letter of official inquiry. Ordinarily, it would include a
list of allegations the school would be asked to refute. In this
case, most of the allegations will have been substantiated by
Baylor.

The school and those implicated in the allegations can respond
to the NCAA in writing. The school then will be scheduled to appear
before the NCAA's infractions committee, which could happen next
fall.