March 31, 2005 |
If ever a college sports program needed a shining light, it was Baylor University. The further the Bears go in the NCAA women's basketball tournament, the brighter things look in Waco, Texas. Consider all the tragedy, trouble and tumult Baylor sports has been through: Miserable football teams. The men's basketball tragedy two summers ago when a player was killed, allegedly by a teammate, leading to an investigation that uncovered yet another scandal.
January 22, 2005 |
Baylor University's president announced in Waco that he would step down after a tumultuous term in which he clashed with professors and suffered fallout from the slaying of a basketball player. Robert B. Sloan Jr., 55, will become the school's chancellor after leaving the presidency post at the end of May. The chancellor has no administrative responsibilities.
March 28, 2004 |
Supporters of a former Baylor University seminary student who lost his scholarship because he was gay rallied in Waco to protest the school's decision. Matt Bass, 25, and other gay students and alumni say they don't expect the world's largest Baptist university to shun the church tenet that homosexuality is a sin, but they want an anti-discrimination policy. "I believe I am gay and that God made me that way," Bass told the crowd of about 200. "I believe this is a civil rights movement.
March 3, 2004 |
In what was widely seen as another clash between faith and academics at Baylor University, the school's president on Tuesday condemned an editorial in the student newspaper supporting gay marriage, and made clear that the administration would exert tighter control over the paper's content. In remarks published in the Baylor Lariat, President Robert B. Sloan Jr. called Friday's editorial "out of touch with traditional Christian teachings."
February 9, 2004 |
Scott Drew offers a handshake, a smile and a pile of Baylor T-shirts and baseball caps to strangers. He presents copies of stories where his current basketball recruiting class is ranked No. 14 in the nation. He pulls out the Baylor basketball media guide where pages about the Christian values of Baylor -- a school founded to provide an educational environment consistent with the beliefs of Baptists -- are dog-eared from frequent use. There is a page devoted to the Drew family.
August 28, 2003 |
Former Baylor University basketball player Carlton Dotson was indicted Wednesday on a charge of murdering his former teammate and roommate Patrick Dennehy, and prosecutors began the process of extraditing him to Texas. A grand jury heard evidence for about 90 minutes before handing up an indictment against Dotson, who has been jailed in his home state of Maryland since his July 21 arrest on a murder warrant out of Texas.
August 23, 2003
Regarding the Baylor University basketball debacle involving the late Patrick Dennehy and his coach, an old adage immediately comes to mind: "Ignorance is Bliss." Herb Stark Massapequa, N.Y.
August 14, 2003 |
Baylor University basketball player Patrick James Dennehy II was shot twice in the head and did not have alcohol in his system, according to a final autopsy report released Wednesday. Both gunshot wounds were above the right ear. The first bullet exited Dennehy's forehead above the left eye; the second exited behind the left ear, according to the autopsy by the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas. The report does not say how long Dennehy had been dead.
August 9, 2003 |
Dave Bliss resigned as Baylor University's basketball coach Friday, a day after attending a memorial service for Patrick Dennehy, the Baylor player authorities allege was murdered by a former teammate. Scrutiny of the program and players' lives after Dennehy's disappearance in June exposed numerous improprieties and charges of NCAA violations at the school, and Baylor President Robert Sloan said Friday that "major" violations had been confirmed, among them substantial payments to players.