By Gus Bode

Jacob Mayer

Daily Egyptian

Head: Baseball coach suspended for three games


SIU baseball interim head coach Ken Henderson has been suspended three games by the Missouri Valley Conference after a confrontation with an umpire Sunday during the 12th inning of its 8-2 loss against the University of Illinois.

As a result of contact deemed as bumping the umpire, by NCAA rule, the suspension is to begin immediately, according to an SIU Athletics press release.

Henderson said in the release he hopes to get past the issue and keep the team focused on its upcoming games.

“I regret that during Sunday’s game a discussion I had with the umpiring crew became escalated,” Henderson said. “I certainly understand and respect the rules and policies that are in place for college baseball, realize that I am responsible for my actions and accept the suspension.”

Athletic Director Mario Moccia said it is important for both coaches and players to follow the rules set by the NCAA and the conference.

“Coach has taken responsibility for his actions and regrets this situation occurred,” Moccia said. “We look forward to him leading the team throughout the remainder of the season and we are encouraged about the future with the young talent on the squad.”

Henderson will return to lead the team Saturday against Dallas Baptist at Abe Martin Field.


Jacob Mayer can be reached at [email protected] or 536-3311 ext. 253