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."