Tuesday, August 26, 2003

I've been fascinated with the Baylor scandal, because there is very little as interesting to me as the pure, almost Shakespearean evil on display in this case. The more you look at it, it just keeps getting darker and darker. One guy on the team murders another under mysterious circumstances, and that act seems to metastatize and turn everyone in contact with it uglier and creepier. Everything in this story gets worse the more we look into it. We hear the coach, Dave Bliss, on tape, playing Blame The Dead Guy with the brutal enthusiasm of a Mafia don:

"Dennehy is never going to refute what we say. And now he's dead, so he isn't going to argue with me at all."

We see Bliss working the angles like an Elmore Leonard character. "Even if we had to kind of make some things look a little better than they are, that can save us." One of the most interesting remarks in connection with the case was from Bobby Knight, who said that Bliss was the smartest assistant he ever had. But then, Macbeth was a pretty sharp cookie too.

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