View Full Version : Other Sports Abar Rouse, the other victim of the Patrick Dennehy murder

Ultra Peanut
08-06-2008, 11:51 AM

Apparently, taping a coach when he's trying to get his players to frame a murdered teammate as a drug-dealer, after being threatened with being fired for not going along, is unforgivable in the world of college basketball.

Rouse in oblivion five years after Baylor scandal
By Dana O'Neil

Every night it's the same. He leaves his one-bedroom apartment, hops in his 10-year-old car and clocks in to work at the factory in Wichita Falls, Texas. For eight hours, from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m., he makes airplane parts.

When his shift is over, he gets back in his beat-up Toyota Corolla and goes back to his depressing apartment. He sleeps until 2 p.m. and in the afternoon, he might drop a few more résumés in the mail.

He is beyond broke. His credit cards are maxed out, his credit ruined. He has humbled himself and borrowed from his mother, tapping her out almost as badly as himself. Desperately in need of overtime pay, he has not taken more than two days off in a month since the fall.

This was not Abar Rouse's plan. For six years after graduating from Baylor University, he chased his dream of becoming a top-level college basketball coach. He lived in the tiny outposts necessary to climb the coaching ladder before landing at his alma mater, finally an assistant coach at a Division I university.

Three months later, it was over.

While Baylor was reeling with the disappearance and death of Patrick Dennehy, Rouse secretly recorded a conversation with head coach, Dave Bliss. The conversation exposed Bliss' plan to paint Dennehy, the murder victim, as a drug dealer in order to cover up Bliss' NCAA-violating payment to Dennehy.

The tape, part of an NCAA investigation, threw acid on an already painful wound, marrying the devastating circumstances of a teammate-on-teammate murder with NCAA sanctions and a heinous act of self-preservation by a coach whose deceit decimated a basketball program and stained a university.

Since then, Baylor has resurrected itself from the ashes, riding the wave of a feel-good story into the NCAA tournament last season. Carlton Dotson, Dennehy's teammate and murderer, is behind bars. Even Bliss is resuscitating his career. He's working with Athletes in Action and may coach the group's traveling team this summer. This year, as a speaker at the coaches' convention, he went back to the Final Four for the first time since 2003.

As the fifth anniversary of Dennehy's disappearance nears next month, the only loose ends belong to Rouse.

Hundreds of coaches milled round San Antonio's Riverwalk in early April wearing logoed golf shirts to proudly announce their school affiliation during the Final Four, which doubles as a convention for the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

Rouse, who lives in the same state, wasn't one of them. No one could stop him from coming, but he also knew he was not welcome.

In an occupation in which rule-breakers repeatedly are given second chances -- Todd Bozeman paid $30,000 to a recruit while head coach at Cal and this year coached Morgan State; Indiana hired Kelvin Sampson, Oklahoma baggage notwithstanding; and Sampson's assistant, Rob Senderoff, who took the fall at IU for Sampson, was recently hired at Kent State -- Rouse is a basketball pariah. He said he has been blackballed, labeled a snitch and a turncoat.

Many coaches, including Hall of Famers Jim Boeheim and Mike Krzyzewski, have said that Rouse had crossed the line. "If one of my assistants would tape every one of my conversations with me not knowing it, there's no way he would be on my staff," Krzyzewski told "Outside the Lines" in 2003. The rank and file has fallen in step.

Despite beating down seemingly every door and mailing out countless résumés, Rouse has had only one basketball job in the past five years, a graduate assistant position at Division II Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls. In October he made the agonizing decision to quit, unable to survive on the $8,000 annual salary. More (http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/columns/story?columnist=oneil_dana&id=3371852)

08-06-2008, 12:26 PM
Meanwhile, Dave Bliss, despite being a poster boy for everything that is wrong in college athletics, is a coach for Athletes in Action. Talk about blaming the messenger.

Duck Dog
08-06-2008, 12:33 PM
A breech of trust is a breech of trust. It's the price you pay for doing what he did.

08-06-2008, 12:33 PM
it's not how many times you fall, but how you pick yourself up.

little jacob
08-06-2008, 12:41 PM
A breech of trust is a breech of trust. It's the price you pay for doing what he did.

One has to wonder why he made the tape and did not submit them anonymously through an intermediary.

08-06-2008, 12:42 PM
Is there a reason he can't get a different job instead of a crap job at a factory? He still has his Baylor degree, right?

08-06-2008, 01:14 PM
A breech of trust is a breech of trust. It's the price you pay for doing what he did.

I don't know. Is this a breach of trust, or is it doing the honorable thing? Was his loyalty owed to his boss, or to the kid who'd ben murdered and couldn't defend his name? From the same article........

A faithful man who intentionally chose the Baptist religious foundation of Baylor for his education, Rouse only wanted to be a basketball coach and held five other jobs before landing at his alma mater.

He was hired in June 2003. Weeks later, Dennehy went missing.

With the campus still reeling from Dennehy's disappearance, an unrelated internal investigation revealed that Bliss had given improper tuition payments for two players. One of them was Dennehy.

On July 26, Dennehy's body was discovered.

Desperate to save his own hide, Bliss told his assistant coaches he wanted to float the story that Dennehy was a drug dealer, thereby explaining away the money Bliss had given to him.

Fearful that he would be fired if he didn't go along with the plan, Rouse recorded a conversation with Bliss. According to one newspaper account, Bliss had put a copy of Rouse's contract, highlighting the portion that showed he could hire and fire assistant coaches, on his desk after Rouse told Bliss he wasn't comfortable with the plan. On the tape, Bliss is heard saying, "Our whole thing right now, we can get out of this. Reasonable doubt is there's nobody right now that can say we paid Pat Dennehy because he's dead. So what we need to do is create reasonable doubt."

Rouse turned the information over to the NCAA in August. In August, Bliss and athletic director Tom Stanton resigned. Bliss, as well as assistant coaches Rodney Belcher and Doug Ash, were each hit with show-cause orders (meaning other colleges would have to appeal if they chose to hire them) for related NCAA transgressions, including major recruiting violations and providing extra benefits, including payment, to student-athletes. Rouse received no penalty. Belcher is now working as an assistant coach with a high school girls basketball team in Texas; Ash is an NBA scout.

Ultra Peanut
08-06-2008, 01:23 PM
His boss tried to bully him into obstructing justice, for ****'s sake.