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THE WEEK'S MOST-READ STORIES: Conference realigment leads Top 10

Sunday, September 11, 2011 | 7:14 p.m. CDT; updated 7:38 p.m. CDT, Sunday, September 11, 2011

Missouri football and Texas A&M's imminent departure from the Big 12 conference again 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. The Big 12 board of directors held a teleconference Wednesday to discuss Texas A&M's planned departure from the conference — Texas A&M was accepted into the SEC earlier that day. Missouri Chancellor Brady Deaton said the purpose of the teleconference was to gauge where the conference is and discuss different perspectives. (7,100 page views)
  2. Missourian sports reporter Harry Plumer broke down what conference realignment means to Missouri and the rest of the Big 12. He explained why the Big 12 is in this situation and where Missouri could end up if major realignment sweeps college athletics. (6,495 page views)
  3. After Texas A&M was accepted into the SEC, Baylor put a halt to the move by announcing that it could be taking legal action against the SEC or Texas A&M. Harry Plumer explained why Baylor has Texas A&M's move on hold and how it could affect Missouri and the Big 12. (2,862 page views)
  4. At a Monday news conference, Big 12 football coaches commented on the realignment issues facing the conference. Since Texas A&M informed the Big 12 of its plans to leave the conference, rumors have swirled about other Big 12 schools possibly leaving as well. (2,394 page views)
  5. School districts are being faced with the challenge of talking about the events of 9/11 in classrooms now that many high school-aged children were too young to remember the events of that day. New curricula have been created in New York and New Jersey and are being tested in several other states. (2,179 page views)
  6. Missouri quarterback James Franklin played well in Missouri's overtime loss to Arizona State on Friday night. Franklin, in just his second start, threw two touchdown passes in the fourth quarter to force overtime. He also ran for a touchdown earlier in the game. (2,032 page views)
  7. Two men were killed Sept. 4 in a boating accident on the Osage River. The two men were in a boat tied to the dock when another boat struck theirs and traveled over it. (1,786 page views)
  8. Rock Bridge junior football player T.J. Smith is 17 years old and weighs more than 400 pounds. Rock Bridge coach A.J. Ofodile marveled at Smith's athletic ability — he has great hand-eye coordination and body control to go along with his large frame. He said Smith should be a Division I player when he graduates. (1,292 page views)
  9. A woman was arrested after she accidentally fired a 9 mm semi-automatic handgun she was trying to unload during a traffic stop on Wednesday. The bullet was lodged in the car, and nobody was injured. (1,236 page views)
  10. A national drug shortage is affecting people in Columbia and has been for years. As many as 200 drugs are in short supply nationally, and doctors are being faced with decisions about which patients should receive treatment when there is not enough for everyone who needs it. (1,136 page views)

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