Thymus gland successfully extracted
BALTIMORE -- Coppin State men's basketball coach Ron "Fang" Mitchell had surgery to remove a benign tumor last week and is recuperating at home, the school said Wednesday.
Doctors at the University of Maryland Medical Center removed Mitchell's thymus gland, located behind the sternum, which had a fist-sized tumor, on Oct. 19. He was released from the hospital on Sunday.
The tumor was discovered this month after Mitchell complained of shortness of breath.
While Mitchell is recuperating, senior associate head coach Don Anderson will run practices. Coppin begins its season Nov. 20 against Kentucky.
Mitchell, 56, is in his 19th season as Coppin's coach. He is also the school's athletic director.
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