Dave Bliss Disgraced

Showtime has released the first trailer for its new documentary, Disgraced, which covers the 2003 murder of former Baylor basketball player Patrick Dennehy by his teammate, Carlton Dotson, and the subsequent cover-up by coach Dave Bliss.

The film was first announced in February. It will premiere at SXSW, then on Showtime on March 31 at 9 p.m. ET, the day before the Final Four.

The trailer featured a big announcement at the end: Bliss was interviewed for the film.


Bliss resigned from Baylor after the university found that he had paid Dennehy and another player roughly $7,000, which violates NCAA rules. He admitted to doing so on a secret recording.

“Our whole thing right now, we can get out of this. … Reasonable doubt is there’s nobody right now that can say that we paid Pat Dennehy. Because he’s dead. So what we have to do is create the reasonable doubt.”

Bliss attempted to create that “reasonable doubt” by getting his players to portray Dennehy as a drug dealer, which Bliss thought would explain the extra cash.

Bliss was given a 10-year show-cause penalty by the NCAA, but he was hired by NAIA Southwestern Christian University in Oklahoma in 2015. He wrote a book about the aftermath of the scandal called “Fall to Grace.”

About Kevin Trahan

Kevin mostly covers college football and college basketball, with an emphasis on NCAA issues and other legal issues in sports. He is also an incoming law student. He's written for SB Nation, USA Today, VICE Sports, The Guardian and The Wall Street Journal, among others. He is a graduate of Northwestern University.

2 thoughts on “First trailer for Showtime doc “Disgraced” reveals Dave Bliss interview will be featured

  1. The February story you linked to stated that Bliss was interviewed, so the only “new” development, if you call it that, is the trailer.

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