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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 Edward Lee and The Baltimore Sun | October 6, 2014
With Coppin State's men's basketball team set to open its first official practice Monday afternoon under new coach Michael Grant, some of the Eagles had trouble getting a full night of sleep Sunday. "I went to sleep around 4 and woke up around 10. So I only had six hours. I was geared up and ready to go," said senior guard Taariq Cephas. Senior forward Dallas Gary had the a similar experience. "I was pretty anxious for the first day just because it's going to be fun and it's going to be a new system," he said.
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By Matt Bracken and The Baltimore Sun | November 5, 2012
It'll be a season of transition on North Avenue, as longtime Coppin State coach Fang Mitchell welcomes nine new players to the Eagles' roster. Coppin, which finished 14-16 one year ago, graduated its top five scorers, but has added a top transfer who is a familiar face to local basketball followers. Mitchell spoke to The Sun last week during Hurricane Sandy as he waited for the power in his Baltimore County home to return. You lost your top five scorers - Tony Gallo, Akeem Ellis, Michael Harper, Logan Wiens and Antonio Williams - to graduation.
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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 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 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 | 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, 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 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 | 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 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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Sports Xchange | March 14, 2014
NORFOLK, Va. - Coppin State lost track of the hottest player in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament Friday night, and that's a big reason why it's headed home. Morgan State guard Justin Black eclipsed his career high for the second straight night, pouring in 30 points to lead the third-seeded Bears past No. 7 Coppin State, 79-64, in the semifinals at Scope Arena . The Bears (15-15) will face top-seeded North Carolina Central (27-5) in the title game at 6 p.m. Saturday.
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By Pete Barrett and The Baltimore Sun | February 28, 2014
Coppin State men's basketball coach Fang Mitchell isn't too worried about seeding. The Eagles (9-18, 6-8 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) sit in seventh place with just two games to play before the conference tournament, but with that he finds inspiration. “Look at last year,” Mitchell said. “North Carolina A&T came in as the 7th seed and wound up winning the conference championship. So, it is possible. We are optimistic.” Mitchell also hearkens back to 2008, when Coppin State grabbed the No. 7 seed and won the tournament.
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By Pete Barrett, The Baltimore Sun | February 18, 2014
Morgan State forward Thair Heath was unable to move in the minutes after he hit the ground in a game against Coppin State last week. It was in those moments his teammates knew they wanted to win the game in his honor. "The guys really wanted to play hard for him because they know that is the way he does it," Bears coach Todd Bozeman said. "He plays hard on a consistent basis and so they wanted to play hard. " Morgan State secured the 82-77 win that night on Feb. 10, while Heath was taken to an area hospital where all X-rays came back negative and he was released with a concussion.
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By Pete Barrett and The Baltimore Sun | February 6, 2014
Fang Mitchell doesn't like Coppin State's Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference home record, and he doesn't know what to do about it.  "We're 2-2 in the conference at home, and that is not what I expected at this time," the coach said.  Coppin State (8-14), in sixth place in the MEAC, is 3-2 in conference play on the road. The Eagles will need to play better at home if they want to improve their seeding for the MEAC tournament, which starts on March 10. “We haven't played as well at home as we have on the road,” Mitchell said.
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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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