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College basketball

Baylor admits it missed major hints of scandal

By Associated Press
Published February 27, 2004

WACO, Texas - Former Baylor coach Dave Bliss made payments to players, allowed major NCAA infractions and tried to cover up the improprieties, the school president said Thursday.

In summing up a seven-month internal investigation, president Robert Sloan said Baylor "failed to exercise appropriate institutional control" and missed clues that could have stopped wrongdoing by Bliss.

The school will send its report next week to the NCAA, which could impose even harsher sanctions or accept Baylor's self-imposed penalties of reduced scholarships, an additional year of probation and a one-year ban on postseason play.

The school had acknowledged most of the violations before Thursday's news conference, which was much like a public apology. Sloan provided new details on money improperly spent on players, and he disclosed that Bliss had solicited money from two university regents.

"The university is embarrassed," Sloan said. "There were red flags that should have been noticed."

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