Former Baylor Coach: CBB Coach Fraternity Is Like The Mafia

Former Baylor assistant Abar Rouse dropped by CBS Sports Radio’s The DA Show on Wednesday to discuss “Disgraced,” which chronicles the 2003 murder of former Baylor basketball star Patrick Dennehy and former head coach Dave Bliss’ attempt to cover up NCAA rules violations. The documentary, which airs Friday on Showtime, includes audio clips of Bliss scheming to lie to NCAA investigators, saying that Dennehy was a drug dealer.

He wasn’t.

“It’s a tragic story, but they told it very, very well,” former Baylor assistant coach Abar Rouse said. “They made sure that they kept the audience apprised of everything that was going on, and for me, that was one of the most important things in being involved with this project. I was (opposed) to do anything that was going to be Dave Bliss’ redemption story.”

Dennehy was killed by teammate Carlton Dotson, who pled guilty to the crime. Rouse was the whistle-blower who outed Bliss’ attempts to lie and cover up rules violations.

“I feel like I know Dave Bliss, and I got to see who the real Dave Bliss was 13, 14 years ago,” Rouse said. “I have no interest promoting that person. The documentary clearly shows that he’s willing to do whatever it takes with no compunction to save his own butt. He’s very, very ruthless and cunning, in my opinion. I think that that comes through in the documentary.”

Since outing Bliss, Rouse been black-balled by the college basketball world. Even Mike Krzyzewski has said it would be difficult trusting someone who secretly records conversations.

“I understand where they’re coming from because the coaching fraternity is a lot like the mafia,” said Rouse, who regrets nothing. “It doesn’t appreciate snitches. Those guys, at least Coach K, he had history with Coach Bliss so I understand him trying to defend a fellow friend, a basketball coach that he had  history with. But at the same time, it was very disheartening to me. Coach K was my hero growing up. That’s the guy that you want to be like. Certainly in my exposing what was going on, there was a murder investigation going on. When you’re involved in a murder investigation and you start changing the motive, certainly in the state of Texas, you change the sentence as well from life to death, so that’s not something you want to joke around with or play around with. It’s not a career; it’s somebody’s life on the line. I think in that context, I would hope that coaches would give me a second look, but if they don’t, again, I understand how the fraternity works.”

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