On the Ball: Brown staying at Middlebury

Middlebury College men's basketball coach on Sunday confirmed that he will be saying at his position in Middlebury, where he has built the Panthers into a NESCAC and NCAA Division III power in the the past several years.Much speculation in recent days has focused on Brown as a candidate for the University of Vermont men's basketball job, which was opened when incumbent Mike Lonergan recently left for George Washington.But Brown said in in email on Sunday that he will return to a program that has seen increasing success in recent years, including a NESCAC title and four straight NCAA Division III appearances. This winter, the Panthers reached the NCAA final four. Brown wrote: "I am not involved with the UVM search. I am very happy coaching at Middlebury."A follow-up article is planned for the Independent's Thursday print edition.

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