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THE WEEK'S MOST-READ STORIES: Pinkel's arrest and Missouri football's future

Sunday, November 20, 2011 | 5:45 p.m. CST; updated 9:38 p.m. CST, Sunday, November 20, 2011

Concerns about Missouri's future with the Southeastern Conference, possible placement in a bowl game and the arrest of Gary Pinkel made up most of the most-read stories this week. These are the most-read stories posted last week on ColumbiaMissourian.com, according to Google Analytics data:

1. Head football coach Gary Pinkel was arrested on suspicion of DWI Wednesday night. MU Chancellor Brady Deaton and Missouri Athletics Director Mike Alden announced that Pinkel would be suspended for a week without pay, as well as losing up to $347,307 — about 15 percent of his annual income. (4,954 page views)

2. The mother of the missing Kansas City baby's half-brother is requesting custody of her child. The mother wants to modify the custody agreement so she is able to visit him more after the disappearance of his baby half-sister six weeks ago. (2,720 page views)

3. Missouri football fans might find themselves unable to leave Memorial Stadium during games. SEC policy prohibits fans from leaving and re-entering games, which is a common occurrence when the Tigers play. The policy is being discussed among the administration and it's unclear if fans will be able to come and go as they please next season. (2,658 page views)

4. Missouri's win over Texas Tech on Saturday clinched bowl eligibility for the Tigers, who've been to bowls the past six seasons. Reporter Harry Plumer takes a look at the team's bowl possibilities.(1,963 page views)

5. Taking a closer look at Missouri football players from Texas and how Missouri coaches recruit from that state. Even though Missouri doesn't recruit Texas' highly touted athletes, it still finds success with the players it picks. Concerns about losing recruits due to the move to the SEC are real, but many feel that the move will allow the Tigers to recruit from Georgia or Florida instead. (1,939 page views)

6. This Missourian graphic shows Big 12 and SEC football ticket prices and figures out the average price of a ticket in each conference. Could Missouri ticket prices raise in the future to meet the SEC average? (1,815 page views)

7. Gary Pinkel and Mike Alden deliver statements regarding Pinkel's recent DWI arrest. Pinkel described the night in question and Alden explained the steps Missouri will take to decide if disciplinary action is required. (1,802 page views)

8. A body found Tuesday in Boone Quarry was identified as 17-year-old James Hickem. Police encountered Hickem last Friday after a call about drinking and smoking in Cosmopolitan Park, but Hickem escaped from the officers before being searched. The cause of Hickem's death is unknown. (1,573 page views)

9. Pinkel sends a letter to Tiger Nation following his DWI arrest. The letter came out one day after Pinkel's suspension length was announced and the same day he was officially charged for driving while intoxicated. In the letter, Pinkel apologizes for his actions and asks people to not condemn Missouri players for his actions. (1,562 page views)

10. MU students react to the news of Gary Pinkel's arrest. Students at the MU Student Center voiced their opinions on the coach's arrest and how the university should deal with it. (1,451 page views)


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