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Wait, Someone Hired Dave Bliss to Be a Head Coach? Even After What Happened at Baylor?

Southwestern Christian University this week hired Dave Bliss to be the head coach of its basketball team. A small 800-student school located in Bethany, Oklahoma, and playing in NAIA, it's a long way from the bright lights of the big-time NCAA. And being away from the bright lights is probably the best thing for Bliss. But holy crap, some school hired Dave Bliss to be its head coach...

Some of you might remember that Bliss literally almost killed two major conference NCAA basketball programs (he paid SMU's Jon Koncak while Koncak was a player, but the NCAA took pity as the SMU football team was dealing with that whole death penalty at the time.) He's been living under a ten-year show cause letter from the NCAA based on his despicable and disgusting actions while head coach at Baylor. The private high school he coached after his Baylor departure changed leagues rather than face punishment for Bliss's actions while coach. And now he's back as a head coach on the college level.

Southwestern Christian states that it believes in redemption and that Bliss has transformed his life -- never mind that Bliss was a supposed Christian before his big fall from grace. But that's all in the past because the school believes he deserves a second chance.

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John Royal is a native Houstonian who graduated from the University of Houston and South Texas College of Law. In his day job he is a complex litigation attorney. In his night job he writes about Houston sports for the Houston Press.
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