From the Register Mail:
Rob Purlee played a big role as a Knox College basketball assistant under former coach Tim Heimann, but he still felt the twinge when he took over the Prairie Fire as head coach.
â€œAt the scrimmage against Eureka â€” it was just a scrimmage â€” but right before the game it was, â€˜Oh, Geez, this is for real.â€™
â€œI know that Saturday it will be the same thing. It will be a mix of emotions.â€
Knox basketball starts a new era tonight when the Praire Fire travel to the University of Dubuque to start the 2008-2009 season. Purleeâ€™s first game calling all the shots follows a 24-year run by Heimann at the head of the program.