Coppin coach Mitchell has `minor procedure'

He is still hospitalized after entering Wednesday

College Basketball

October 22, 2004|By Christian Ewell | Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF

Coppin State men's basketball coach Fang Mitchell recently entered a hospital for undisclosed medical reasons that have taken him away from his team.

Mitchell, 56, entered University of Maryland Medical Center on Wednesday, for what a Coppin spokesman described as a minor procedure. He remained in the hospital as of yesterday, but reached for comment, he declined to elaborate on the reason for his hospitalization.

"Can't give you an answer," said Mitchell, who has been with the school since 1987 as a head coach, and as athletic director since 1996.

In Mitchell's absence, senior associate head coach Don Anderson is running the Eagles, who open their season on Nov. 20 at Kentucky. John Secord, associate athletic director for compliance, would run the department.

While not going into detail as to his condition, he said the situation would need to be unique for him to go into the hospital less than a week into basketball practices.

"You know me, basketball season, c'mon."

Mitchell has 304 wins at Coppin, has taken to the program to three NCAA tournament appearances and guided the only state team to beat Maryland (1989) during the Gary Williams era. Under him, the Eagles gained their most visibility in 1997 by upsetting No. 2 seed South Carolina and nearly advancing to the Sweet 16.

Sun staff writer Bill Free contributed to this article.

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