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Kent State coach Rob Senderoff helps fans play hooky

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Kent State coach Rob Senderoff isn't a doctor, but he doesn't mind pretending to be one to get fans to support his team.

Senderoff used his Twitter account to implore Kent State fans and students to skip work and school and come to the Memorial A&C Center on Tuesday to cheer for the Golden Flashes in their game against Temple.

The second-year coach offered to write doctors notes for fans who called in sick in order to come to the game and he promised students he would contact their professors and ask for absences to be excused.

The game started at noon (ET) as part of ESPN's Tip-Off Marathon, not exactly ideal timing in the middle of the workday and school day. But it was a significantly better start time than Stony Brook and Rider who played at 6 a.m. (ET)

Temple beat Kent State 80-66 behind 31 points by Scootie Randall in front of just 2,415 fans.

It remains to be seen how much time Senderoff will have to spend in the coming days working to get absences excused.

Senderoff also promised to leave tickets for one fan who responded to his tweets from Cleveland. That prompted a fan at Oklahoma State to ask for tickets to one of the Golden Flashes' road games.

"Let me know if you ever want to come to one of our games and I will leave you [tickets]. No problem," Senderoff replied.

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