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By Mike Klingaman and Mike Klingaman,SUN REPORTER | August 19, 2008
At first glance, it seems an odd choice - Coppin State naming Derrick Ramsey as athletic director. Ramsey, an All-America football star in college, played nine years in the NFL. But Coppin has no football team. Ramsey last worked as Kentucky's deputy secretary of commerce, where he oversaw the state's Fish and Wildlife Service. Around Coppin, the only fish are the fried lake trout in North Avenue carryouts, and wildlife consists of a few squirrels that scrounge for food on the campus quad.
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By Paul Tierney, The Baltimore Sun | May 7, 2014
Less than 24 hours before Coppin State introduced its new men's basketball coach, the players were searching for more information about who would lead them out of the Fang Mitchell era. The players met Michael Grant, their new coach, Tuesday morning, but minutes before the news conference, they grabbed at a pile of news releases near the podium to learn even more. To junior guard Sterling Smith, Grant was a man of mystery. "It's all new to us, new information," said Smith, who averaged 10.9 points last season.
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By Ken Murray and The Baltimore Sun | January 31, 2011
Coppin State suspended three women players for one game for their role in a brawl following Saturday's loss to visiting North Carolina A&T. Suspended from Monday night's home game against Norfolk State were Jeanine Manley and Crystal Whittington, two juniors from Oakland, Calif., and Leola Spotwood, a sophomore from Trenton, N.J. Coppin athletic director Derrick Ramsey said that Manley was suspended for starting the fight and Whittington and Spotwood...
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | May 5, 2014
More than a month after announcing that the contract of longtime men's basketball coach Fang Mitchell would not be renewed, Coppin State athletic director Derrick Ramsey said Monday he will introduce Stillman College coach Michael Grant as Mitchell's successor at a campus news conference Tuesday. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. “I'm impressed with his work,” Ramsey said in an interview with The Baltimore Sun. “There are two things I'm looking for: the graduation rate, that's critical to me, and he's graduated over 80 percent of his kids.
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By Ken Murray, The Baltimore Sun | January 29, 2011
Coppin State's wrenching, 75-74 loss to North Carolina A&T turned into a half-court melee that lasted several minutes before order was restored at Coppin's Physical Education Complex Saturday. Moments after players from both teams had performed the post-game handshake, Coppin's 6-foot-3 Jeanine Manley wound up in the middle of several A&T players when the first punches were thrown. Fights spread across the court before peace was achieved. There were several drops of blood leading from the court to the Coppin locker room, where first head coach Derek Brown and then Coppin athletics director Derrick Ramsey spoke to the players.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | October 27, 2010
An All-Academic track star at Coppin State University was critically wounded Tuesday night after being shot in the chest in Baltimore's Mondawmin neighborhood during a trip to a grocery store, police said. Dale Dunn, a 24-year-old on full scholarship from Jamaica, was able to make it back to an apartment he shares with teammates, who transported him to St. Agnes Hospital. He was later transferred to Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Athletic director Derrick Ramsey and university President Reginald Avery visited Dunn at the hospital and said by late Wednesday afternoon that he appeared to have made significant progress, opening his eyes and attempting to speak to them.
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By Ken Murray, The Baltimore Sun | May 4, 2011
At 5 o'clock on a fall morning in 2009, Coppin State University basketball coach Fang Mitchell drove then-sophomore Michael Harper to the hospital for surgery on his wrist. Harper, from Milwaukee, appreciated the show of support — then and now. When Harper finishes his college career next season for the Eagles, Mitchell will be there for him again, just like Harper would want it. "If they were bringing in a new coach in my fourth year, it would mean a whole new system, a new personality, a different look on the team," Harper said.
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By Ken Murray, The Baltimore Sun | April 19, 2011
Faced with a mandate to reverse Coppin State's long, painful slide to basketball mediocrity, Fang Mitchell rebuilt the program almost overnight and delivered the program's first winning season in seven years in 2010-11. Now, apparently, he will get a chance to continue the turnaround. The iconic coach said Tuesday that he has agreed in principle on a new contract that will allow him to reap the dividends of his 2010 recruiting class of precocious junior college players. "I want to be able to coach the guys I brought in," Mitchell said Tuesday.
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By Ken Murray, The Baltimore Sun | March 17, 2011
Fang Mitchell rejected an offer Thursday to remain as coach of Coppin State's men's basketball team, saying the contract was "unacceptable" but that negotiations will continue. "It wasn't done in good faith," Mitchell said of the offer after a scheduled meeting with university president Reginald Avery. Mitchell has coached at Coppin for 25 years, won 395 games, gone to four NCAA tournaments and captured 10 regular-season championships in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. He declined to say why the contract was unacceptable, but he said he expected negotiations to resume next week.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | May 5, 2014
More than a month after announcing that the contract of longtime men's basketball coach Fang Mitchell would not be renewed, Coppin State athletic director Derrick Ramsey said Monday he will introduce Stillman College coach Michael Grant as Mitchell's successor at a campus news conference Tuesday. Terms of the contract were not disclosed. “I'm impressed with his work,” Ramsey said in an interview with The Baltimore Sun. “There are two things I'm looking for: the graduation rate, that's critical to me, and he's graduated over 80 percent of his kids.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | March 28, 2014
Most college basketball coaches would not have survived the string of losing seasons Coppin State's Ron “Fang” Mitchell had over the last decade of his career. Then again, most coaches had not accomplished nearly as much as Mitchell did in taking the little North Avenue school to national acclaim. Mitchell's 28-year tenure at Coppin State - after legendary Mount St. Mary's coach Jim Phelan, the longest ever among men's basketball coaches at Division I schools in Maryland - ended Friday when his contract was not renewed.
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By Ken Murray, The Baltimore Sun | May 4, 2011
At 5 o'clock on a fall morning in 2009, Coppin State University basketball coach Fang Mitchell drove then-sophomore Michael Harper to the hospital for surgery on his wrist. Harper, from Milwaukee, appreciated the show of support — then and now. When Harper finishes his college career next season for the Eagles, Mitchell will be there for him again, just like Harper would want it. "If they were bringing in a new coach in my fourth year, it would mean a whole new system, a new personality, a different look on the team," Harper said.
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By Ken Murray, The Baltimore Sun | April 19, 2011
Faced with a mandate to reverse Coppin State's long, painful slide to basketball mediocrity, Fang Mitchell rebuilt the program almost overnight and delivered the program's first winning season in seven years in 2010-11. Now, apparently, he will get a chance to continue the turnaround. The iconic coach said Tuesday that he has agreed in principle on a new contract that will allow him to reap the dividends of his 2010 recruiting class of precocious junior college players. "I want to be able to coach the guys I brought in," Mitchell said Tuesday.
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By Ken Murray, The Baltimore Sun | March 17, 2011
Fang Mitchell rejected an offer Thursday to remain as coach of Coppin State's men's basketball team, saying the contract was "unacceptable" but that negotiations will continue. "It wasn't done in good faith," Mitchell said of the offer after a scheduled meeting with university president Reginald Avery. Mitchell has coached at Coppin for 25 years, won 395 games, gone to four NCAA tournaments and captured 10 regular-season championships in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. He declined to say why the contract was unacceptable, but he said he expected negotiations to resume next week.
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By Ken Murray, The Baltimore Sun | March 2, 2011
Endings are usually bittersweet, often unwelcomed and sometimes contentious. That might best describe the potential end of Ron "Fang" Mitchell's 25-year basketball stewardship at Coppin State University. If this is his farewell script, it will not be a good one for the man who built a dominating Division I program in West Baltimore in the 1990s, only to see it sputter and stall in the last decade. Mitchell's departure this year is not certain. But his contract expires at the end of the season, the athletic director says he hasn't made a decision to retain — or remove — the coach, and Mitchell himself speaks only in cryptic phrases, if at all, about his job status.
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By Ken Murray and The Baltimore Sun | January 31, 2011
Coppin State suspended three women players for one game for their role in a brawl following Saturday's loss to visiting North Carolina A&T. Suspended from Monday night's home game against Norfolk State were Jeanine Manley and Crystal Whittington, two juniors from Oakland, Calif., and Leola Spotwood, a sophomore from Trenton, N.J. Coppin athletic director Derrick Ramsey said that Manley was suspended for starting the fight and Whittington and Spotwood...
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By Paul Tierney, The Baltimore Sun | May 7, 2014
Less than 24 hours before Coppin State introduced its new men's basketball coach, the players were searching for more information about who would lead them out of the Fang Mitchell era. The players met Michael Grant, their new coach, Tuesday morning, but minutes before the news conference, they grabbed at a pile of news releases near the podium to learn even more. To junior guard Sterling Smith, Grant was a man of mystery. "It's all new to us, new information," said Smith, who averaged 10.9 points last season.
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | October 27, 2010
An All-Academic track star at Coppin State University was critically wounded Tuesday night after being shot in the chest in Baltimore's Mondawmin neighborhood during a trip to a grocery store, police said. Dale Dunn, a 24-year-old on full scholarship from Jamaica, was able to make it back to an apartment he shares with teammates, who transported him to St. Agnes Hospital. He was later transferred to Maryland Shock Trauma Center. Athletic director Derrick Ramsey and university President Reginald Avery visited Dunn at the hospital and said by late Wednesday afternoon that he appeared to have made significant progress, opening his eyes and attempting to speak to them.
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