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Senderoff gets improbable 1st win against Huggins

Posted on: November 15, 2011 4:51 pm
Edited on: November 15, 2011 5:13 pm

By Jeff Goodman

This wasn't about Rob Senderoff, the adversity and how his first career win came against a future Hall of Famer in Bob Huggins.

"We have four seniors and I know how long it had been," Kent State's rookie head coach said following the season-opening win over West Virginia. "We hadn't talked about it, but I wanted them to start the year the right way."

What Senderoff was referring to was the fact that Kent State, a program that has tasted no shortage of success over the past decade, got its first road win over a BCS team in 37 years on Tuesday.

Senderoff is thankful - to his wife and all that have supported him after he was fired for his role in the Kelvin Sampson mess.

"But my focus was all about my team," he said.

His team played extremely well. The ESPN cameras were on him at halftime when he said that West Virginia would "crumble under the pressure."

The cameras also caught him when he leaped (OK, that may be a little strong) in the air following a picturesque alley-oop in the second half.

"I'm a little embarrassed about jumping up and down," Senderoff said. "First of all, with the lack of athleticism. I also talk to the guys about keeping their composure - and obviously I got caught up in the moment a little bit."

Senderoff spoke about how hard his team played on Monday - and how they came out with the right mentality.

He also praised Huggins for agreeing to play the Golden Flashes.

"Very few would do what he did - especially with such a young team," Senderoff said. "Look at how many high-major teams played mid-major programs today on the marathon. We really appreciate that."

Since: Nov 16, 2011
Posted on: November 16, 2011 1:30 pm

Senderoff gets improbable 1st win against Huggins

"Future Hall of Famer" Bob Huggins?

Good luck with that.

Bob's only real claim to fame is his criminal/sociology experiments that he performed using basketball program money. I might add that all the experiments failed.

His NCAA record while at UC in a candy conference is hilarious:

14 appearances
10 losses to higher # seeds
0 wins over lower # seeds

Yes that inlcudes his Final Four run as a 4 seed. They beat a 13 a 5 an 8 and a 6 to get to the Final Four and then lost to a #6.

While at UC he lost scholarships, was sited for "Lack of Institutional Control" and destroyed the reputation of the university as a "work release program."

Then he seems to have difficulties with doors jumping out in front of him and giving him black eyes in places like Las Vegas. I suppose he was attending a prayer vigil of some sort.

Putting ol' Bob in the HOF is like giving the Nobel Peace Prize to Josef Stalin.

Bob could not find the HOF even if he was riding in Coach K's car.


Since: Jul 11, 2008
Posted on: November 15, 2011 11:08 pm

Senderoff gets improbable 1st win against Huggins

Kent State has been one of the Top Mid-major programs for well over 22 years!  Nice little win
for a Major (Mid) program.  
New coach...but same winning ways.  Keep up the tradition, keep up the W's! 

Another W like this one and your ticket's punched for the Dance already... Cool ! 

Since: Aug 17, 2006
Posted on: November 15, 2011 8:23 pm

Senderoff gets improbable 1st win against Huggins

Right after coach K gets win 903 Bobby Huggins loses one.    However Coach Huggins has 691 wins and is only 58 years old.   He can pass coach Knight and possibly coach K if he wants to hang around that long.     10 years 22 wins a year and he has 911.  Not bad for a coach without an NCAA championship.  

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