New-look Prairie Fire open season tonight at Dubuque

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.

“At the scrimmage against Eureka — it was just a scrimmage — but right before the game it was, ‘Oh, Geez, this is for real.’

“I know that Saturday it will be the same thing. It will be a mix of emotions.”

Knox basketball starts a new era tonight when the Praire Fire travel to the University of Dubuque to start the 2008-2009 season. Purlee’s first game calling all the shots follows a 24-year run by Heimann at the head of the program.