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Senderoff hit with three-year show cause penalty by NCAA

By admin Published: November 26, 2008

Kent State Associate head coach Rob Senderoff may have put his tumultuous year at Indiana behind him, but the NCAA Committee on Infractions has not.

For his role in aiding former Indiana coach Kelvin Sampson to make improper telephone calls to recruits last year, Senderoff was issued a three-year show cause penalty.

The show cause penalty is one of the more harsh penalties the NCAA can give. While the NCAA cannot tell an institution who they should or should not hire, the show cause penalty makes it more difficult to do just that.

If an institution wants to hire an individual under show cause sanction for an athletically-related position, the person and the institution must come before the NCAA Committee on Infractions to determine whether the individual’s duties should be limited.

Because Senderoff is already employed by Kent State, the university will have the opportunity to accept the sanctions leveled by the Committee on Infractions against Senderoff and move on. Kent State could also challenge the ruling to force a hearing in front of the committee.

“We have received the NCAA’s decision on Rob Senderoff and will abide by the sanctions handed down,” Kent State director of Athletics Laing Kennedy said in a statement.

“At the same time, we are committed to keeping Rob as an integral part of our staff. His impact and long-term value to our program -- both on the court and heading up our academic efforts -- far outweigh these penalties. With the committee’s decision behind us, we can now turn our full attention to the rest of the season, starting with Illinois on Friday.”

The sanctions should come as no surprise to anyone at Kent State. The University knew what it was getting into when Senderoff was rehired in April. The Indiana scandal certainly wasn’t a secret.

Senderoff’s sanctions will be felt in recruiting, which is a strong point of his. Of the current roster, Senderoff is responsible for bringing in five players, according to the Kent State media guide ( I am about 90 percent sure Rod Sherman and Chris Singletary are Senderoff recruits. Justin Greene is another recruit that he found this off season). He also recruited former standout Mike Scott.

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