U-D Mercy To Retire Uniform Of Former NBA World Champion and Titan, Earl Cureton!

Detroit Mercy Men’s Basketball To Retire Earl “The Twirl” Cureton’s Jersey On Jan. 23

January 04, 2020

Re-posted from a U-D Mercy Press Release

DETROIT (1/3/2020) — One of the greats in Titan history will see his jersey hang from the historic Calihan Hall rafters as the University of Detroit Mercy Department of Athletics has announced that Earl “The Twirl” Cureton’s jersey will be retired on Jan. 23.

The men’s basketball team will face IUPUI that day in a 7 p.m. tip and Cureton’s jersey’s ceremony will take place at halftime.

“This is a long time coming to honor Earl with this great moment of appreciation for everything he has done, as a Titan, as a professional and, more importantly, as a great member of the community,” said Director of Athletics Robert C. Vowels, Jr. “His career speaks for itself, helping get the Titans back to the NCAA Tournament and then as a member of two NBA championship teams, but his work in the community and his commitment to earn his college degree speaks to his high morals.”

A 12-year NBA veteran and a two-time NBA champion, Cureton suited up for the Titans from 1977-80, playing two seasons after sitting out following his transfer from Robert Morris. He helped U-D back to the NCAA Tournament in his first year as the Titans went 22-6, capturing wins over Oregon, Georgetown and Marquette before coming back to lead another winning season with 14 victories in his senior campaign.

He averaged 11.7 points and a team-high 9.0 rebounds with 1.3 assists, 1.1 blocks and 1.0 steals per game in 1978-79 and then topped the team in scoring (20.0) and rebounding (9.1) to go with 1.6 assists, and 1.7 blocks and steals in 1979-80. He is still 12th all-time in school history in career blocks with 79 – second when he graduated – and was inducted into the Titan Hall of Fame in 2007.

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Hope College Remains #1 In TPR(c) Ranks, Moves Closer To Inaugural Trophy Award!

First Ever Stacey Y. Dixon Memorial Award Goes To Ratings Winner!

November 13, 2019

By Tony Dixon, for COLLEGE FOOTBALL WRAP-UP(c)

Ypsilanti, MI —

As the college football regular season in Michigan nears its end, a handful of teams are looking at the conference standings, with an eye on preparing for the post-season. Whether that post-season is a one-and-done bowl game or a chance at a run of games that could lead to a national championship, the TEAM PERFORMANCE RATINGS (c) or TPR(c) season draws to a close with the end of the regular season.

Barring a total collapse in its style of play in their final regular season game against Adrian this Saturday, Hope College will claim the first ever TPR(c) Championship.

Team Performance Ratings – Week # 10:

  1. Hope College (12.3 point average)
  2. Olivet College (8.8)
  3. Siena Heights (8.6)
  4. Ferris State (8.4)
  5. Concordia-AA (8.3)
  6. Albion College, Grand Valley State (7.9)
  7. U-M (7.8)
  8. Hillsdale College, Wayne State (7.6)
  9. Alma College (7.3)
  10. Michigan Tech. (7.1)
  11. Western Mich. (6.0)
  12. Saginaw Valley State (5.6)
  13. Michigan State (5.4)
  14. Eastern Mich. (5.2)
  15. Central Mich. (4.8)
  16. Davenport-GR (4.7)
  17. Adrian College (4.2)
  18. Northern Mich. (3.3)
  19. Kalamazoo College (3.1)
  20. Finlandia Univ. (1.0)
  21. Northwood Univ. (.9)
  22. Lawrence Tech. (.8)

The Stacey Y. Dixon Memorial Award and it’s accompanying trophy will be given to the Michigan based college or university team that has the highest Team Performance Rating (TPR) at the end of the regular season. Post season statistics are not used in the TPRs because not all teams will participate in a post season game or games.

The late Stacey Y. Dixon (Young) was the second oldest daughter of Dixon Media Group founder, Tony Dixon. She passed in December of 2014 at the age of 36, from complications of gestational diabetes. Plans are in the works to create a fund to do further research into the causes and preventative treatments for this condition.

“Stacey was a joy to know and be around, such a team player. In the early days of our video production service, she was always ready to tackle a project and worked tirelessly to see it to a successful completion,” states Tony Dixon. “This award and the system that it is built upon, is a testament to her drive and dedication to team success.”

“Our rating system and the award that goes to the season’s winner will be an ongoing project and the staple of our branded TV project, ‘COLLEGE FOOTBALL WRAP-UP(c)’.”

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