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Just a few days after Robert “Stix” Mitchell criticized Seton Hall head coach Bobby Gonzalez for his substitution patterns, he was removed from the school’s basketball team.
“I am very appreciative of Robert’s contributions to our program these last two years,” Gonzalez said in a statement Sunday. “We have accomplished much during his time here and I truly wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.”
In a story written in The Bergen Record after Wednesday’s Big East tournament loss to Notre Dame Mitchell criticized Gonzalez for his substitution patterns and in-game strategy.
“It’s hard to stay consistent as a player,” Mitchell told the Record, “when the coach isn’t consistent.”
A year ago, the 6-foot-6, 180-pound Mitchell averaged 14.6 points and 8.0 rebounds in 36.1 minutes a game, but this season he averaged 8.4 points and 3.8 rebounds in 20.9 minutes. This year three transfers — Herb Pope, Keon Lawrence and Jeff Robinson — became eligible and cut into Mitchell’s playing time.
A transfer from Duquesne University, Mitchell was named to the All-Met Second Team last season.
He will graduate in May.
Seton Hall was awaiting word Sunday night on whether it made the NCAA or NIT.
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Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.