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THE WEEK'S MOST-READ STORIES: Missouri football leads Top 10

Sunday, September 4, 2011 | 6:50 p.m. CDT; updated 9:17 p.m. CDT, Sunday, September 4, 2011

Missouri football and the future of the Big 12 conference dominated the attention of Missourian readers last week. These are the 10 most-read stories posted last week on ColumbiaMissourian.com, according to Google Analytics data:

  1. Missourian sports reporter Harry Plumer's soothing take on the future of Tiger football topped the list. Even if the Big 12 doesn't pull through, Plumer said Missouri could end up in the SEC, the Pac-12 (16?) or even the Big Ten. No matter what, he said Missouri will be in a BCS conference. (5,834 page views)
  2. The death of Jennifer Wilson, a professor at the University of South Carolina who received her doctorate degree at MU, was also of interest to readers. Wilson was found dead at her residence Aug. 28 and had reportedly been stabbed multiple times. Hank Hawes, who was identified as her boyfriend, has been charged with murder. (2,416 page views)
  3. In the days leading up to the first Missouri football game of the season, Missourian readers got to know MU defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson a little better. Richardson has been a much-anticipated player, but issues with his eligibility have persisted for two years. He finally saw the playing field Saturday. (1,793 page views)
  4. After Texas A&M's announcement that it intends to leave the Big 12 in 2012, The Associated Press reported that there are those who would be happy to fill the space. Southern Methodist University has publicly expressed interest in joining the conference. SMU athletic director Steve Orsini argues that, given the university's location in Dallas, his program could give the conference access to another big media market. (1,599 page views)
  5. A story about MU Muslims celebrating the end of Ramadan garnered attention last week. International students discussed the differences between celebrating the holiday in the U.S. versus their home countries, which included places like Jordan and Saudi Arabia. (1,529 page views)
  6. In more anticipation of Saturday's football game, a story about injuries plaguing the MU offensive line was popular. Players have stepped up and shifted positions due to the injuries of junior center Travis Ruth and senior offensive lineman Elvis Fisher. (1,246 page views)
  7. An Indiana company quit its contract with the state of Missouri last week, which required it to determine the needs of Missouri Medicaid patients. The CEO of SynCare LLC blamed the state, but patients and advocates said the company's staffers were unprepared and poorly trained. (1,113 page views)
  8. Readers also turned their attention to Father Tolton Regional Catholic High School, Columbia's first Catholic high school, which started classes Aug. 29. Construction on the high school is not finished, so students will meet at Columbia College for the first few weeks of school. (1,094 page views)
  9. A Subway employee who claimed the restaurant's bank deposit bag had been stolen admitted to being involved after Columbia police found inconsistencies with her story. Some Missourian commenters said they had thought the incident was suspicious after reading the initial story about it. (1,082 page views)
  10. James Kraig Kahler was sentenced to death by lethal injection Monday for the quadruple slaying of his wife, daughters and wife's grandmother. Columbia residents have followed the three weeks of trial for the former director of Columbia Water and Light. (1,080 page views)

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