COLUMBIA — This week's most popular stories were centered around the Missouri football team, with an article about head coach Gary Pinkel's divorce drawing in the most page views. Following football-related stories in rankings was an article about the MU Police Department debuting their new vehicles and an attempted kidnapping of a 9-year-old girl.
Here are the top 10 most-read stories posted on ColumbiaMissourian.com last week, according to Google Analytics.
1. This week's top story was the finalization of Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel's divorce from his wife, Vicki, of 39 years. According to Boone County court documents, Pinkel will pay his former wife $276,000 per year, or $23,000 at the end of every month beginning Nov. 30. His extended contract will keep him with the Tigers until 2017, and Pinkel will make monthly payments as long as he remains head coach. He has a guaranteed annual salary of $2.35 million. (1,499 page views)
2. In the last home football game for Missouri seniors, Syracuse beat Missouri 31-27 on Saturday. Quarterback James Franklin started the game completing each of his first eight passes for 173 yards and two touchdowns. He looked sharp until an injury forced him out of the game in the fourth quarter. Corbin Berkstresser stepped in and led a touchdown drive. But Syracuse took the lead shortly after, and Berkstresser's last desperate attempt to heave the ball into the end zone was intercepted as time on the game clock expired. (1,172 page views)
3. Missouri receiver Dorial Green-Beckham has settled his arrest for a municipal marijuana offense by pleading guilty to trespassing instead. He was one of three Missouri football players arrested Oct. 3 on suspicion of possession of marijuana. Under an agreement reached between Green-Beckham’s attorney and assistant city prosecutor, his charge was changed from possession of marijuana to second-degree trespass. (1,084 page views)
4. Missouri football coach Gary Pinkel and quarterback James Franklin still felt pressure despite a victory over Tennessee on Nov. 10. A commentary by a Missourian sports reporter included Tigers fans' frustration with Missouri's offense. The team's struggles could end Pinkel's career as Missouri's coach and Franklin's role as starting quarterback. Missouri sneaked away with a win after four overtimes, and Franklin's four touchdown passes temporarily silenced the critics. (1,028 page views)
5. The Missouri football team survived to beat Tennessee 51-48 in the fourth overtime Nov. 10. The Tigers struggled offensively in the first half, but quarterback James Franklin and Missouri's offense managed to tie the game in the final minute of the fourth quarter to eventually win the game. Franklin ended up with four touchdown passes, doubling his total for the season. (921 page views)
6. Luke Lambert, linebacker for the Missouri football team from 2007 through 2011, is now coach of the Columbia Colts, a youth football team made up of seventh-graders. While Lambert still attends all of Missouri’s home games, the sight of his teammates struggling without him is often frustrating. He wanted more hands-on involvement with the game, and he has found that through coaching. (880 page views)
7. One by one, Missouri’s young football playmakers made an impact in the team’s 51-48 victory over Tennessee on Nov. 10. Each one handled the pressure of four overtimes differently. On fourth and 3 in the fourth overtime, redshirt freshman safety Ian Simon tipped a pass intended for a Tennessee wide receiver. Teammates mobbed Simon, batting him on the helmet and lifting him into the air, and Simon began to cry. The defensive play set Missouri's offense up to score the game-winning field goal. (788 page views)
8. The Missouri football coaches prepare to lose their senior players as the season comes to an end. Coach Gary Pinkel braced himself for the team’s final game inside Memorial Stadium, where he planned to stand on the field and hug each senior. Prior to Saturday's game, Pinkel said that by the time the game against Syracuse begins, he would likely be an "emotional wreck." (708 page views)
9. The MU Police Department has debuted four new all-wheel drive vehicles as local police agencies transition away from Ford Crown Victorias. Crown Victorias are going out of production, and campus police are exchanging them for sedan and SUV models of the 2013 Ford Police Interceptors. (669 page views)
10. A man tried to kidnap a 9-year-old girl Sunday morning, according to the Columbia Police Department. An investigation revealed that a man wearing a mask, jacket and blue jeans had grabbed the girl while she and a 4-year-old child were playing outside. The girl freed herself and ran into the house. (666 page views)