NCAA coach tells fans to skip class for game

6:03 PM, Nov 15, 2012   |    comments
Kent State basketball coach Rob Senderoff (USA Today)
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(USA Today) -- We've heard stories about NCAA coaches banning their athletes from Twitter. But what about coaches censoring themselves from social media?

Kent State coach Rob Senderoff probably thought he was encouraging school spirit on Tuesday. Only problem was, he was also encouraging students to miss class. No biggie, eh?

Senderoff used his Twitter account, which has 954 followers, to try to get Kent State fans to skip work and school to come to Memorial A&C Center on Tuesday to cheer for the Golden Flashes in a noon ET game against Temple.

He even went as far as to say he'd write doctor's notes for fans who called in sick in order to see the game. He then went on to tell students he'd contact their professors if they complained about absences.

His gem tweets:

"KSU Fans: if u miss work to come to our game today at 12 noon, I will write a doctors note for u as an excuse w ur boss #GoFlashes #ESPN"

"KSU Students: if u miss class for our ESPN game at noon, I will email ur prof to ask them to excuse ur absence! #GoFlashes #ESPN"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Um, apparently Senderoff doesn't fully understand the notion of the student-athlete. His ploys didn't seem to work, either. Only 2,415 fans showed up.

Desperate much, coach? Then it got worse.

Senderoff promised a fan who lives in Cleveland tickets, tweeting: "Let me know if you ever want to come to one of our games and I will leave you (tickets). No problem."

Can you imagine John Calipari promising game tickets to a random fan on Twitter? It shines light on the difference in major schools and mid-majors who struggle with their fanbase.

To be fair, this is something we can blame on the NCAA or ESPN for its Tip-Off Marathon, chronicled in all its craziness by USA TODAY Sports columnist Mike Lopresti. Who can go see games in the middle of the day? It's hard enough to follow online when you're supposed to be working. And, the Stony Brook-Rider game was played at 6 a.m. ET. Who watched that?

Lastly, it should be noted that Senderoff coached under Kelvin Sampson as an assistant with Indiana when the school committed recruiting violations, causing NCAA sanctions.

Despite an 80-66 loss to Temple, Kent State got off on the right foot, picking up an overtime win on the road, besting top mid-major Drexel to start the season last Friday.

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