Rob Senderoff and the myth of the lone dialer

senderoff.jpegSince the Rob Senderoff news broke yesterday, we’ve had a few people take issue (both via email and comments) with the initial report’s classification of Senderoff as a “fall guy” and our tenuous adoption of the term in our poll to the right. These people seem to think Senderoff is being punished for deeds he committed alone and without provocation, and that once Senderoff is gone the program will be again and forever without rule-benders.

Sorry, folks: Rob Senderoff is your fall guy.

No one familiar with Kelvin Sampson — hell, no one familiar with college coaches in general — could possibly believe that Senderoff acted on his own in initializing three-way calls with recruits. Do you really think any Type A personality, one that exists in the dictatorship-esque heirarchy of college basketball coaching, would really allow an assistant to actively flout the rules? Do you think there’s any way Senderoff decided to take matters into his own hands? Or that he misinterpreted some edict laid down by Sampson at the beginning of recruiting season? Please.

Again, Senderoff shouldn’t be fired, and neither should Sampson. This stuff is not that big of a deal. But somewhere, whether Rick Greenspan or an angry booster or both, someone wanted blood. And if you don’t think Senderoff took a fall for indiscretions as much Sampson’s as his own, I’ve got some oceanfront Indiana property I’d like to show you.

  • kelin

    I agree w/postman E…I think Senderoff was doing a good job and shouldn’t be fired, but someone wanted him gone or maybe he wanted to leave in good standing for his future.

  • kelin

    I agree w/postman E…I think Senderoff was doing a good job and shouldn’t be fired, but someone wanted him gone or maybe he wanted to leave in good standing for his future.

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  • jaime gongora

    Don’t get me wrong guys, I love IU basketball, but I honestly think that at times we really hurt ourselves from becoming a great program. If we were to look at Senderoff actions without looking into Sampson’s past we would realize that practically all assistants from most if not alll programs make excessive phone calls. One just has to look at the Jay Bilas article about excesive phone calls to confirm such suspision. Punish him yes, but to fire someone over phone calls is a bit much to me.

    I honestly can’t blame Ebanks and the other New York kids to decide to skip IU. We did not have the back of one of our assistants that they love, and I fear that in the long term future assistants from outside the realm of Indiana (and we do need them weather you people from Indiana want them or not) will ignore us because of what we did to Senderoff. I will always root for my hoosiers no matter what happens, but I’ll admit, I’m a little bit upset in ourselves about overeacting.

    Now more than ever we need a great season ( I’m thinking elite 8) just to show that we capable of putting championship type teams on the floor, so that future recruits can give us a second look.

  • jaime gongora

    Don’t get me wrong guys, I love IU basketball, but I honestly think that at times we really hurt ourselves from becoming a great program. If we were to look at Senderoff actions without looking into Sampson’s past we would realize that practically all assistants from most if not alll programs make excessive phone calls. One just has to look at the Jay Bilas article about excesive phone calls to confirm such suspision. Punish him yes, but to fire someone over phone calls is a bit much to me.

    I honestly can’t blame Ebanks and the other New York kids to decide to skip IU. We did not have the back of one of our assistants that they love, and I fear that in the long term future assistants from outside the realm of Indiana (and we do need them weather you people from Indiana want them or not) will ignore us because of what we did to Senderoff. I will always root for my hoosiers no matter what happens, but I’ll admit, I’m a little bit upset in ourselves about overeacting.

    Now more than ever we need a great season ( I’m thinking elite 8) just to show that we capable of putting championship type teams on the floor, so that future recruits can give us a second look.

  • Tom

    Senderoff is not a “scapegoat” but he certainly is a “Sacrificial lamb ” of the administraton.

  • Tom

    Senderoff is not a “scapegoat” but he certainly is a “Sacrificial lamb ” of the administraton.

  • Mike

    Senderoff didn’t initiate the 3 way calls with recruits….they called him. And that is some legal mumbo-jumbo that IU is getting unfairly reamed on.

    However, making 100 undocumented (unlogged) calls while you know your boss is in hot water and under the mircoscope for this is just dumb. And while the consequences are quite harsh, he put himself in that spot.

    Finally….I’m guessing that somewhere else he would have just gotten the slap on the wrist, but IU is trying to ride out the NCAA storm, and had to take a drastic action.

  • Mike

    Senderoff didn’t initiate the 3 way calls with recruits….they called him. And that is some legal mumbo-jumbo that IU is getting unfairly reamed on.

    However, making 100 undocumented (unlogged) calls while you know your boss is in hot water and under the mircoscope for this is just dumb. And while the consequences are quite harsh, he put himself in that spot.

    Finally….I’m guessing that somewhere else he would have just gotten the slap on the wrist, but IU is trying to ride out the NCAA storm, and had to take a drastic action.

  • coachv

    initializing? dictatorship-esque? senderoff bent the rules regarding phone calls much as you do with the english language.

    btw, the word is initiating, unless the coach managed to place an RS on the calls somehow

  • coachv

    initializing? dictatorship-esque? senderoff bent the rules regarding phone calls much as you do with the english language.

    btw, the word is initiating, unless the coach managed to place an RS on the calls somehow

  • Kevin

    Let’s wait until the official ruling comes out and we hear comments from the parties involved before slapping labels on anyone; guilty or innocent.

  • Kevin

    Let’s wait until the official ruling comes out and we hear comments from the parties involved before slapping labels on anyone; guilty or innocent.

  • Tim

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  • Tim

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