Dotson's estranged wife alleges Baylor violations

Kethley: Coaches knew of his mental troubles

Colleges

July 26, 2003|By THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS

The estranged wife of former Baylor basketball player Carlton Dotson said yesterday that coaches knew about his increasing mental troubles because they arranged for him to see a therapist this spring. And she said her mother told his coaches that he was "delusional" and needed help.

Melissa Kethley, who had separated from Dotson in April, also said in an interview that she witnessed Dotson and other Baylor basketball players faking drug tests and Dotson told her he often got cash from his assistant coaches.

Baylor athletic spokesman Scott Stricklin said yesterday that school officials would have no comment on the statements. He previously said that a university investigative committee would review any new allegations against Baylor stemming from the disappearance of player Patrick Dennehy. Dotson, who has been charged with murdering him, remains jailed in Chestertown, Md., awaiting an extradition hearing.

That committee, whose members were announced yesterday, is looking into accusations from Dennehy family members that coaches provided him improper payments and other assistance - a potential NCAA rules violation that the athletic department has disputed.

Patrick Dennehy Sr. has also said his son told him assistant Baylor basketball coach Rodney Belcher arranged to help pay his education and living expenses last season while he was not on scholarship - a potential NCAA rules violation.

Pressure has intensified as Dennehy's family traveled to the Waco campus this week to retrieve his belongings and meet with police who have been searching for the 21-year-old's body. He has not been seen since mid-June and is presumed dead.

Waco police have called off the search for Dennehy until Dotson can return to Texas and lead them to the body, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported yesterday, citing an unidentified police source.

Wire services contributed to this article.

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