Baylor to investigate if missing player paid
By Times Wires
© St. Petersburg Times
published July 24, 2003
WACO, Texas - Baylor is investigating if missing basketball player Patrick Dennehy received money from coaches for tuition and rent.
Dennehy is presumed dead, and Carlton Dotson, a former teammate and roommate, is in custody in Maryland. An Aug. 19 extradition hearing was scheduled.
Dennehy's father, Patrick Dennehy Sr., said he was uncertain how his son paid for tuition and rent this past year while not on scholarship. Dennehy sat out the season after transferring from New Mexico.
"We kind of suspected it was done through a booster or ... alternate means," he said.
Among the allegations is Dennehy emerged from basketball offices in November with between $1,200 and $1,800 that he told his girlfriend, Jessica De La Rosa, came from a coach and was to go toward the purchase of a car.
But auto dealer Jerrel Bolton said one of Dennehy's girlfriends, not a Baylor coach, gave Dennehy the balance of a $2,000 down payment for a 1996 Chevrolet Tahoe.
De La Rosa, meanwhile, was declared ineligible for track at New Mexico after she told the school she took money from a Baylor coach for a cab ride from Waco to Dallas.
De La Rosa, a walk-on hurdler, wouldn't say which coach paid for her cab.
And Waco police Sgt. Ryan Holt said detectives did not renew a search on a farm-to-market road about 5 miles southeast of Dennehy's apartment, where they searched Tuesday.
"(Detectives) decided it's time to take a breather and see where the case is at," Holt said.
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ACADEMIC REFORMS: The Management Council will sponsor legislation that enforces stronger penalties for teams that don't meet academic standards. If passed, schools could lose scholarships and, eventually, become ineligible for postseason play. A final vote is not expected until April.
Big East commissioner won't take sides in split
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Tranghese has worked for the Big East since it was formed in 1979 and been commissioner for the past 13 years.
"If they split, I won't go with either segment," he said. "I've worked with all these schools for a very, very long time."
Meanwhile, ACC commissioner John Swofford said Tranghese has apologized for his conduct during the ACC's expansion. Swofford said Tranghese called and wrote a letter. He refused to say what the two talked about or what the letter contained.
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