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Fang Mitchell out as Coppin State men's basketball coach

Fang Mitchell out as Coppin State men's basketball coach

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. The Eagles finished 12-20 this season, their third straight losing record and ninth in the past 10 years.

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