Top 5 Army stories of 2006

We laughed, we cried, we complained. We are a passionate bunch, that's for damn sure. We love our Army sports. And, boy, did we have a lot to talk about this year. Here is a look at the five biggest Army stories from 2006.

1. The death of Maggie Dixon: Tragedy hit West Point in early-April when women's basketball coach Maggie Dixon died suddenly after an arrhythmic episode. She was only 28-years-old. Dixon collapsed at a friends' house and was rushed to Keller Army Community Hospital at West Point. She later died at Westchester County Medical Center with friends and family at her bedside.

In her first year as coach, Dixon, bright and vivacious, loved by her players, led Army to its first-ever NCAA appearance. The Black Knights lost to Tennessee in the first round. Dixon was buried at West Point. God, bless her.

2. Army football falters again: The season began full of promise. There was even talk of a bowl game.

And, by golly, the Black Knights were 3-3 midway through the season, three wins from the Poinsettia Bowl. But the Black Knights went in the tank. Army lost its last six games of the year to finish 3-9.

Rice, Notre Dame, Air Force and Texas Christian University blew the Black Knights out. Army really never had a shot against Tulane and Navy beat the Black Knights for the fifth straight year.

Army's offense sputtered and several fans wondered aloud if coach Bobby Ross is the man for the job. Time will tell.

3. Crews and Army right its ship: Yeah, it took a little while, but better late than never. After four years of frustration, four years of losing, the Army men's basketball team enters tonight's game against Sacred Heart 9-4. The Black Knights are off to their best start since opening the 1978-79 campaign with a 10-3 mark. Army has already surpassed last year's win total. The nine wins serves as the most under Crews and the most since Army won 12 games during the 2001-02 season under Pat Harris. Keep it going, guys. The Black Knights haven't enjoyed a winning season in two decades.

4. Magarity steps in: Still reeling from Maggie Dixon's death, Dave Magarity accepted the head women's basketball coach job less than a month after she passed.

He was the unanimous choice for the job. Dixon's most trusted assistant, Magarity coached the Marist men's basketball team from 1986-2004. He is known as a gentleman with a great basketball mind.

The players like Magarity. Army is 11-2 under Magarity entering tonight's game against Central Connecticut State. The Black Knights are off to their best start in six seasons.

5. The quarterback shuffle: David Pevoto began the season as Army's starting quarterback. He bombed.

That's when Ross summoned the kid, freshman Carson Williams, who expected to have to wait until next year to get his shot. At times, Williams looked good, but he also looked bad. See the Air Force and Notre Dame games. In the end, both quarterbacks had poor numbers.

Pevoto: six touchdowns, 14 interceptions, 1,012 yards.

Williams: four touchdowns, 10 interceptions, 577 yards.

Williams expects to get the nod next fall. If he can't cut it, it could be a long year for Army. Top Stories