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December 4, 2005 | Diane Pucin, Times Staff Writer
Ron Mitchell is men's basketball coach and athletic director at Coppin State. Please call him Fang. Mitchell has had a deep voice since he was old enough to talk, drawing comparisons to a character from the 1960s Soupy Sales Show. The character: White Fang. "For obvious reasons," said Mitchell, who is African-American, "we shortened it to Fang." Mitchell, 57, has a personal story as deep and layered as that voice.
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December 4, 2005 | Diane Pucin, Times Staff Writer
Ron Mitchell is men's basketball coach and athletic director at Coppin State. Please call him Fang. Mitchell has had a deep voice since he was old enough to talk, drawing comparisons to a character from the 1960s Soupy Sales Show. The character: White Fang. "For obvious reasons," said Mitchell, who is African-American, "we shortened it to Fang." Mitchell, 57, has a personal story as deep and layered as that voice.
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March 2, 1997 | From Associated Press
Helicopter landing pads cleared for a proposed logging project on the Boise National Forest are troubling to environmentalists suing to try to stop the timber sale. The plaintiffs say the pads are a clear signal that the agency has already decided to log the roadless area, where blue-paint rings mark trees that would be cut. The Forest Service disagrees, saying the pads are needed to get crews in to do environmental analyses.
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December 29, 1990 | CHRIS BAKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After losing 78 of 116 games during his first four seasons at USC, you would think Trojan basketball Coach George Raveling would be overjoyed at the prospect of a 27-point victory. Not really. Raveling was angry after watching the Trojans rout Harvard, 103-76, Friday night before 1,351 at the Long Beach Arena. "Tonight we lost the contest because we didn't play to the level of our ability," Raveling said. "The scoreboard said we won, but our play didn't say the same thing.
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December 30, 1990 | DICK WAGNER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lucious Harris made a three-point basket with 2:29 to play in overtime to put Cal State Long Beach ahead for good as the 49ers defeated stubborn Harvard, 81-77, Saturday night at the Long Beach Arena. The 49ers needed a jump shot by Kevin Cutler with nine seconds to play in regulation to stay alive against a 2-9 Ivy League team that has lost this season to Lehigh, Vermont and Colgate. Long Beach, winning both games in its tournament, improved to 4-5.
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December 30, 1994 | CHRIS BALDWIN, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
They still speak about Ed Ratleff in hushed tones at Long Beach State although the former 49er basketball star's eligibility ended more than 20 years ago. Well, Everett Ratleff might not accomplish what his uncle did--but give the kid time. Ratleff, a smooth-shooting sophomore guard, scored a team-high 14 points Thursday night in Long Beach's 69-63 victory over Coppin State in the Spartan Classic at Michigan State's Breslin Center. The victory sends the 49ers (4-1) against No.
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March 14, 1997 | JIM RHODE
* No. 6 Louisville (23-8) vs. No. 11 Massachusetts (19-13)--The Cardinals are usually flying high heading into the tournament but this team went south in losing six of its last 11 games. One reason is that guard DeJuan Wheat lost the feathery outside shooting touch that helped Louisville get out of the gate at 15-1. The flip side for the Cardinals: Coach Denny Crum is 16-4 in first-round games.
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March 17, 1997 | From Associated Press
Coppin State called a timeout to set up a potential winning shot, but the move backfired on the Eagles. DeJuan Vazquez intercepted an inbounds pass with four seconds left, preserving Texas' 82-81 victory over the upstart Eagles in the second round of the NCAA East Regional on Sunday. After Texas' Reggie Freeman blocked Danny Singletary's shot out of bounds, Coppin State Coach Ron "Fang" Mitchell called a timeout to set up the final play.
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March 15, 1990 | STEVE JACOBSON, NEWSDAY
For those of us who like the little nice aspects that justify college basketball, Coppin State vs. Syracuse is just the sort of thing we like. The Eagles are going to play the Orange Friday night in the Southeast subregional of the Great Annual College Hoop Hoopla. And anybody who doesn't think that's hot stuff is missing the point. Vermont vs. Connecticut would have been another, but -- alas -- life isn't so unsophisticated that we could have both.
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April 8, 1997 | BUDDY SEIGAL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Bakersfield isn't much to look at. An arid, dusty, smallish place, it seems too rural to be California yet too desiccated to be a Southern town. What it really feels like is a large inland truck stop. But it's one of the most celebrated places in the history of country music: From Bakersfield rose Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, the Maddox family--bona fide county royalty.
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