Team preview: Coppin State
Blue Ribbon Illustrated previews the 2003-04 college basketball season, exclusively on Insider.
For most of the 1990s, the flagship program in the MEAC was Coppin State.
Led by head coach Ron "Fang" Mitchell, Coppin dominated the league-going undefeated twice in conference play and heading to the NCAA Tournament three different times. In 1997, the Eagles delighted the nation as the 15th-seeded program shocked second-seeded South Carolina and nearly went to the Sweet 16 before losing by one point to Texas in the second round.