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By KEN ROSENTHAL | December 1, 1992
All Fang asks is that they call. Can't make practice, call. Can't make class, call."If you don't call, we run you and everyone else," he says.The offender, at 6 a.m.Everyone else, at practice.Punishment for a delinquent Coppin State basketball player includes sitting on a chair at center court while his teammates run "suicide" sprints around him. Coach Ron "Fang" Mitchell forces him to hold a glass of water, in case anyone gets thirsty.They get thirsty. They get angry. And the point gets across.
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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 Jerry Bembry and Jerry Bembry,Staff Writer | March 17, 1993
He's had 13 winning seasons in 15 years of coaching, so Coppin State coach Ron "Fang" Mitchell expects his teams to succeed. Which is why it was surprising to find Mitchell in his office with a dazed look on his face after an 18-point win over Delaware State last month."
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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 Gady A. Epstein and Gady A. Epstein,SUN FOREIGN STAFF | February 14, 2003
CHANGSHA, China - The way Fang Yaolun sees it, his problems began when the workers at the factory realized what they were building for him. Fang, a self-taught engineer and inventor with 15 patents, came up with an innovative idea for a product not long after his divorce in 1995: an adjustable bed whose design, he believed, would aid sex and exercise. The bed would be a high-tech Craftmatic for the Kama Sutra set. With an expected price tag of more than $5,000, it is targeted at a fast-growing sector, the millions of urban Chinese with money to burn.
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By Dan Berger | March 21, 1997
Bill asked Boris to name any price for not going to war over NATO enlargement and Boris helpfully responded.George Tenet has the indispensable qualification to head the CIA. He can be confirmed by the Senate Intelligence Committee, which considers him one of its own.Bismarck said 119 years ago there is no such thing as an Albanian and may soon be right.Fang for Governor!Pub Date: 3/21/97
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By Ray Frager | December 10, 2008
Coppin State@Loyola 7 p.m. [MASN] These teams are each on a four-game losing streak. This is only the sixth men's basketball meeting between the two, with Coppin holding a 4-1 series lead. Eagles coach Fang Mitchell is 2-0 against Loyola, and the Greyhounds' Jimmy Patsos will be coaching his first game against Coppin.
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By Bill Free | October 25, 2004
Coppin State men's basketball coach Fang Mitchell was released from University of Maryland Medical Center yesterday after a five-day stay to undergo major surgery. Mitchell said from his Reisterstown home last night that a persistent fever had broken, allowing him to leave the hospital. He said he was feeling well enough last night to work on some of his responsibilities as athletic director. As far as when he might return to coaching the Eagles, Mitchell said he would talk to his doctors.
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By Ken Rosenthal | February 7, 1991
Fang Mitchell leave Coppin State? Maybe someday, but right now he's in so much pain he can't even leave his own bench. This is a guy who once raced out of a gym rather than risk a technical. Now he's so attached to his chair, it's as if he's wearing a seat belt.In truth, his problem is no laughing matter, but it should be corrected Wednesday, when he undergoes surgery to have a tumor removed from the base of his neck. The growth is benign, but it's in a tricky spot, pressing on his spine.
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By BILL TANTON | December 22, 1994
Fang Mitchell knows what he wants for Christmas.He's not asking for a lot, but Mitchell, Coppin State's basketball coach, doesn't expect to get it. At least not for a while.What he wants is some games. That's all.He wants some basketball games for Coppin with the other colleges in and around Baltimore.Look at Fang's schedule.Towson State is not on it, though it was for the past two seasons. Coppin won both times, at home and away. Now Coppin is off.UMBC is not on the schedule. Neither is Loyola College.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | January 15, 2014
The 3-point shot can easily and quickly turn the tide of a basketball game. For Coppin State, however, 3-pointers have been a rare commodity. As of Sunday, the Eagles (5-11, 2-1 in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) ranked 262nd among 345 Division I teams in 3-point accuracy, connecting on just 31.0 percent (104 of 336) of their attempts from deep. They have converted less than 31 percent of their 3-pointers in eight games this season, and coach Fang Mitchell said the team's shooting woes should hint to players that other options might be more effective.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | January 14, 2014
The Coppin State men's basketball team snapped a seven-game losing streak by outlasting Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference opponent South Carolina State, 75-69, Monday night. A little more than 12 hours later, coach Fang Mitchell didn't even try to downplay the importance of the victory. “It was as big as it could come,” he said Tuesday morning. “Being in that seven-game losing streak, you worry about people losing faith or starting to have doubt in their ability. We needed a win, and we needed one bad, and I think it did a lot for their confidence.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | December 18, 2013
The highlight of the Coppin State men's basketball team's slate of games this weekend is that it's in the Virgin Islands. The bad news is that it's not a vacation. The Eagles (4-5) will face Southern Miss (9-1) on Friday and then play either Arkansas-Little Rock (3-6) or Jacksonville State (4-8) on Saturday in the British Virgin Island Tropical Shootout at the Multi-Purpose Sports Complex in Road Town, Tortola. It will be the program's first visit to the Caribbean since the 1993-94 season, when the Eagles took part in the San Juan Shootout in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
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By Edward Lee, The Baltimore Sun | December 3, 2013
The Coppin State men's basketball team dropped a pair of decisions to national powerhouses over Thanksgiving weekend, but there was at least one positive. Senior forward Michael Murray returned from a broken right (shooting) hand and made his season debut in Friday's 87-45 loss to No. 22 Michigan. He scored four points on 1-for-8 shooting, including 0-for-5 from the 3-point arc, and grabbed four rebounds in 23 minutes. Murray made his first start in Sunday's 86-51 loss to then-No.
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By Edward Lee and The Baltimore Sun | November 26, 2013
The Coppin State men's basketball team is off to a 2-2 start, but that may have to do more with the offense's production rather than the defense's contributions. The Eagles entered the week ranked in the bottom 20 percent of 345 Division I programs in several defensive categories. They are 335th in points allowed (86.0 points per game), 319th in field-goal percentage defense (48.6 percent) and 292nd in three-point field-goal percentage defense (37.8 percent).   Coppin's offense entered the week averaging 76.3 points, but coach Fang Mitchell said he is not terribly worried about that.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | December 17, 2011
Fang Mitchell clearly remembers his first win as Coppin State's basketball coach. It came in 1986 and was played at the Community College of Baltimore. "We were 0-9 at the time and it came against North Carolina A&T, which was dominating the conference. They had won seven straight championships," Mitchell, now in his 25th season at Coppin State, recalled Friday. "It was a very big win in many ways. I had come from Gloucester Community where we had only lost 45 games [in eight years]
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By Christian Ewell and Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF | September 2, 2005
Nicholas King, a star on the Coppin State basketball team last season, has left the program along with three other players. King, a 6-foot-7 forward who would have been a junior this fall, averaged 14.1 points to earn first-team honors in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference as the Eagles went 13-5 in the league last season. In addition to King, Coppin lost 6-2 junior guard Raheem Scott, 6-5 junior forward Darron Bradley and 6-7 sophomore forward Derek Daniels. Scott averaged 7.9 points and made the MEAC second team, Daniels averaged 3.0 points in limited action, while Bradley sat out his junior season with an injury.
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By KEN ROSENTHAL | March 4, 1995
Sidney Goodman led Coppin State with 23 points last night, and kept scoring right through his post-game interview. The senior point guard was so predictable, so boring, coach Ron "Fang" Mitchell probably will hug him before Coppin plays for the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championship today.This is what Fang wants, a team that is programmed both on and off the court. The Eagles got carried away with themselves last season, and suffered the most embarrassing defeat of Mitchell's nine-year tenure.
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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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