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Mangini empathizes with Brown

By Marla Ridenour Published: May 27, 2010

Browns coach Eric Mangini feels for Cavs coach Mike Brown, who was fired Sunday night despite winning 143 games in the past two years.

''I like Mike Brown,'' Mangini said Thursday. ''I sent him a text the other day. I can relate to things he's going through. It's difficult.

''I hope things work out for him, I hope things work out for the Cavs as well. I like Danny Ferry a lot. This sometimes happens, you just ideally want to see everybody move foward in a positive way.''

Asked if it was tougher to coach in Cleveland because the town hasn't won a major professional sports title since the 1964 Browns, Mangini paused for a long time.

''Tougher to coach in this town? Ummmm.

''It's a passionate town, it's a passionate town. You get it though. You understand and you appreciate it. Believe me, you're consumed with trying to achieve what we all want to achieve, it would be amazing and fantastic and deserved.''


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