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By DAVID STEELE | March 12, 2008
There are plenty of good reasons to root for Mount St. Mary's tonight. If the Mountaineers beat Sacred Heart in the Northeast Conference tournament championship game, they'll reach the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1999, and the first time since a certain bow-tied iconic figure retired after 49 years at the school in 2003. But Milan Brown, Jim Phelan's replacement and former assistant, has one more for you. "If we're lucky enough to win [tonight] and advance," Brown said as he and his players bused to Fairfield, Conn.
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg and Kevin Van Valkenburg,Sun reporter | March 12, 2008
EMMITSBURG -- The Mount St. Mary's basketball team was practicing in virtual silence this week, alone in its quiet gymnasium, when Milan Brown, the team's trim, neatly dressed, fifth-year coach, halted the action with a sharp bleat of his black whistle. Brown, a former point guard who looks younger than his 37 years, almost always has his whistle clenched between his teeth, ready to stop practice at a moment's notice. Sometimes, he doesn't even bother to remove it before he speaks, barking out instructions, encouragement or discipline like a man whose jaw has been wired shut.
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By PAUL MCMULLEN and PAUL MCMULLEN,SUN REPORTER | May 5, 2006
EMMITSBURG-- --Jim Deegan was multi-tasking and networking decades before the terms appeared in a dictionary. In summer 1956, Mount St. Mary's hired Deegan to coach cross country, soccer and track and field. He is completing his 50th and final school year at the university, although he will remain in some capacity, in straw hat and sandals, fiddling with a sprinter's form or debunking some of the tales told about him. Deegan stories will flow at a dinner in his honor tomorrow, and his farewell is the main reason the Northeast Conference championships are being conducted here this weekend.
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By DAVID STEELE | March 12, 2008
There are plenty of good reasons to root for Mount St. Mary's tonight. If the Mountaineers beat Sacred Heart in the Northeast Conference tournament championship game, they'll reach the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1999, and the first time since a certain bow-tied iconic figure retired after 49 years at the school in 2003. But Milan Brown, Jim Phelan's replacement and former assistant, has one more for you. "If we're lucky enough to win [tonight] and advance," Brown said as he and his players bused to Fairfield, Conn.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | November 28, 1997
Mount St. Mary's College President George R. Houston Jr., was incorrectly identified in an article in yesterday's Sports section.The Sun regrets the errors.EMMITSBURG -- Retirement communities are selling out just on the other side of the Pennsylvania border, a tax haven of sorts for card-carrying members of AARP. Then there's the cemetery that was built last year on the campus of Mount St. Mary's. It has no vacancies."If we built another one, I think that would sell out, too," said George Laughlin, the school's president for the past four years.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | February 20, 1999
EMMITSBURG -- Looking at Jim Phelan's cluttered office at Knott Arena, it is difficult to tell that he is the winningest active Division I coach in the country or that he's on the verge of doing something only three others have accomplished in their careers -- win 800 games.There are more family photos than team pictures, more references to Phelan's life as a husband, father and grandfather than to his now legendary 45-year career at Mount St. Mary's. "If he has a bad side," said his wife, Dottie, "it's that he doesn't promote himself."
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By FROM STAFF REPORTS | January 18, 2003
EMMITSBURG -- Associate coach Milan Brown will take over as Mount St. Mary's head coach next season, director of athletics Harold Menninger announced yesterday. Brown, 32, will become the 21st coach in Mount history, succeeding Jim Phelan, who announced he will retire after the season, his 49th at the school. "We had a great opportunity of finding an energetic, talented and resourceful young professional right in our own backyard that is highly capable of continuing to build on the strong foundation that already exists," Menninger said.
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,Staff Correspondent | January 22, 1992
EMMITSBURG -- Mount St. Mary's, which had squandered second-half leads four games in a row, did it again last night, but this time the Mountaineers charged from behind, too, and nudged St. Francis (Pa.), 87-84. Phil Galvin's buzzer-beating three-pointer gave the Mount its first Northeast Conference victory of the season.It was the proper climax for a game dominated by long-range shooting, particularly by Harkeem Dixon of the Red Flash, who was virtually unstoppable in the first half (six of seven from three-point range)
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March 14, 1995
The story of Mount St. Mary's, the tiny college in Emmittsburg that earned a bid to play in the national men's collegiate basketball championship this month, has something for everyone.Lovers of underdogs will be attracted to the story of a school of 1,400 students, the oldest independent Catholic college in America, making it to the coveted, nationally televised tournament for the first time in its 187 years. (Mount St. Mary's only began competing in the top Division I a few years ago.)Students of the game will be drawn to the professorial style of bow-tied Coach Jim Phelan, whose 737 career wins rank as the seventh most in college basketball history.
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By Johnny Rosenstein and Johnny Rosenstein,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | February 6, 2003
LUBBOCK, Texas - When it comes to college basketball coaches, Bob Knight is in an elite ensemble. Only two coaches have more national titles. Only one other has played on and coached a national championship team. Last night, Knight was taking one more step toward the Division I career victory record. Knight claimed his 800th victory as Texas Tech (13-5, 3-4) topped Big 12 rival Nebraska, 75-49, at United Spirit Arena. Andre Emmett led the Red Raiders with 24 points while Kasib Powell added 16. Knight became the fifth men's coach and fourth in Division I to reach the 800-win plateau, joining Dean Smith (879)
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By PAUL MCMULLEN and PAUL MCMULLEN,SUN REPORTER | May 5, 2006
EMMITSBURG-- --Jim Deegan was multi-tasking and networking decades before the terms appeared in a dictionary. In summer 1956, Mount St. Mary's hired Deegan to coach cross country, soccer and track and field. He is completing his 50th and final school year at the university, although he will remain in some capacity, in straw hat and sandals, fiddling with a sprinter's form or debunking some of the tales told about him. Deegan stories will flow at a dinner in his honor tomorrow, and his farewell is the main reason the Northeast Conference championships are being conducted here this weekend.
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By Kevin Van Valkenburg and Kevin Van Valkenburg,SUN STAFF | March 2, 2003
EMMITSBURG - Game No. 1,354 started just as the first one did nearly five decades ago for Mount St. Mary's basketball coach Jim Phelan. He shook some hands, offered some words of encouragement, tied his trademark bow tie in the locker room, then walked onto the court and kissed his wife, Dottie. Doing things any different just wouldn't have felt right. Phelan, 73, closed the book on his record-setting career in style last night as Mount St. Mary's defeated Central Connecticut State, 60-56.
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By Mike Klingaman and Mike Klingaman,SUN STAFF | March 1, 2003
EMMITSBURG - The line on Jim Phelan: 829 victories, 524 defeats and about 70 ties. Bow ties, of course. Retro neckwear in a rainbow of colors, a swirl of patterns. Game-day garb for the gray-haired Phelan, the basketball savant at Mount St. Mary's College for nearly half a century and the third-winningest college coach of all time. Now, after 49 years, Phelan is calling it a night. The man with the bow ties takes his final bows this evening in a sendoff against Central Connecticut State.
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By Paul McMullen and Paul McMullen,SUN STAFF | February 26, 2003
Wouldn't it be nice if Jerry Savage concluded his coaching career in front of an appreciative audience at a gleaming field house, in the showcase basketball event that he helped nurture? His 608th victory would advance Loyola High to the quarterfinals of the combined Baltimore Catholic League/Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference tournament this weekend at Goucher College. That would mean more public kudos and squirming for Savage, however, so it might be more appropriate if his 40th and final season as a high school fixture were to conclude in tonight's play-in game at Towson Catholic.
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By Johnny Rosenstein and Johnny Rosenstein,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | February 6, 2003
LUBBOCK, Texas - When it comes to college basketball coaches, Bob Knight is in an elite ensemble. Only two coaches have more national titles. Only one other has played on and coached a national championship team. Last night, Knight was taking one more step toward the Division I career victory record. Knight claimed his 800th victory as Texas Tech (13-5, 3-4) topped Big 12 rival Nebraska, 75-49, at United Spirit Arena. Andre Emmett led the Red Raiders with 24 points while Kasib Powell added 16. Knight became the fifth men's coach and fourth in Division I to reach the 800-win plateau, joining Dean Smith (879)
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January 20, 2003
LEAVE IT to Jim Phelan, ever the coach, to turn his resignation announcement last week into a teaching moment. Reflecting on his record-setting tenure as Mount St. Mary's basketball coach, Mr. Phelan characteristically offered some common sense: "I got to do something I liked and enjoyed. I got to continue doing something I started in the second grade." Coach Phelan displayed that joy for a remarkable 49 straight seasons at the small Catholic college in rural Frederick County, along the way racking up the national collegiate record for the most games coached (1,339)
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By Kent Baker and Kent Baker,SUN STAFF | January 20, 1998
EMMITSBURG -- Mount St. Mary's has been weakened by ankle injuries to two key players, depleting its bench strength and inside defense.But the Mountaineers compensated with other resources last night to repulse Robert Morris, 70-58, in a Northeast Conference game at Knott Arena.Superior three-point shooting, 24 Robert Morris turnovers and an edge at the foul line carried Mount St. Mary's (7-8, 3-3) as Jim Phelan became only the second to coach 1,200 collegiate games."Our defense is not good enough to force all those turnovers," Phelan said.
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By FROM STAFF REPORTS | January 18, 2003
EMMITSBURG -- Associate coach Milan Brown will take over as Mount St. Mary's head coach next season, director of athletics Harold Menninger announced yesterday. Brown, 32, will become the 21st coach in Mount history, succeeding Jim Phelan, who announced he will retire after the season, his 49th at the school. "We had a great opportunity of finding an energetic, talented and resourceful young professional right in our own backyard that is highly capable of continuing to build on the strong foundation that already exists," Menninger said.
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By MIKE PRESTON | January 17, 2003
EMMITSBURG - In about 90 minutes yesterday, Jim Phelan gave us one more trip through his 49-year coaching career at Mount St. Mary's. Oh, what a wonderful ride. He marched in Eisenhower's inaugural parade in the 1950s as a Marine and won a national championship at La Salle. He took us through seven college presidents, 10 U.S. presidents, about a dozen assistant coaches, five children and 11 grandchildren. We laughed when he talked about overcoming prostate cancer and how Fred Carter became the first African-American at the school.
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