THE WEEK'S MOST READ STORIES: Michael Dixon, car accidents, fatalities

Sunday, December 9, 2012 | 7:26 p.m. CST

COLUMBIA — This week's top stories focused on Missouri basketball player Michael Dixon Jr.'s decision to transfer and fans' reactions to the rape allegations. Other stories about car accidents and fatalities ranked in the top 10 most-read stories as well.

Here are the week's top 10 stories, according to Google Analytics:

1. An MU student was killed going the wrong way on I-70 near Kingdom City. According to the Missouri State Highway Patrol crash report, Emily Ferguson, 19, of Kirkwood was westbound in the eastbound lanes at 3 a.m. when she hit another motorist. (3,951 page views)

2. Missouri assistant head football coach David Yost resigned, citing personal reasons for his decision. Over Yost's 12-year career at Missouri, three of his quarterbacks have gone on to play in the NFL. Coach Gary Pinkel said he will conduct a national search for possible replacements, but he will also consider an internal hire. (3,324 page views)

3. An update on the Thursday night collision on Providence Road reported one fatality and one in critical condition. According to the Columbia Police Department, Michelle Morrow, 24, died from injuries Friday in University Hospital. She had been in critical condition after a pickup truck flipped several times, ejecting her and the driver. The driver, Michael Tufts, 23, remains in critical condition in University Hospital. (1,394 page views)

4. Missouri basketball guard Michael Dixon Jr. announced his transfer from the school Thursday evening, Nov. 29, after two rape allegations came to light. The first allegation surfaced on Twitter when a woman tweeted that she was sexually assaulted by Dixon in August. Two days later, the Missourian received an MU Police Department report about a woman who accused Dixon of forcible rape in 2010. Dixon's announcement came the same day the 2010 report was revealed. (1,174 page views)

5. After the rape allegations involving Missouri basketball player Michael Dixon Jr. had surfaced, the backlash from fans about his decision to transfer sparked concern about victim blaming in cases of sexual assault. After the "bear hug" incident on MU's campus, jokes made by students suggested the woman who had reported it was unaware of what constitutes a real crime. Researchers analyze this trend in reactions to sexual assault cases. (1,058 page views)

6. Columbia native Arianna Alioto, an 18-year-old freshman and varsity women's soccer player at Northern Michigan University, drowned in a school swimming pool Friday shortly after the team's workout ended. Officials are investigating why a lifeguard was not present when Alioto drowned. (1,033 page views)

7. A article titled LET'S TALK: Rape, rape culture and the bigger dialogue' compiles research that demonstrates how victim blaming in the Missouri basketball player Michael Dixon Jr. case was not an isolated incident. Recent rape allegations made against Dixon brought the conversation about rape culture to the forefront, but the issue is more than one episode, one community and one conversation. It's part of a larger dialogue. (963 page views)

8. Sports commentators react to Michael Dixon Jr.'s announcement that he will transfer from MU. Fox News Kansas City reporter Andrew Astleford said fans prefer to ignore the personal embarrassments or scandals of players and coaches. "This is a sad case for many reasons, and none of them involve the fact that the Tigers lost someone thought to be a key contributor this season," Astleford wrote. (872 page views)

9. A local farmer plans the future of his historic property located east of Bearfield Road in south Columbia. Cattleman Alan Easley, 70, is the legal custodian of the farm that has been in his family for nearly as long as Missouri has been a state. His great-great-grandfather settled that land and surrounding property in the 1840s. Easley said he feels torn in deciding to whom he should sell his 170-year-old family farm. (833 page views)

10. A commentary by Missourian sports reporter discusses how Missouri assistant head football coach David Yost was assigned too much blame for the team's offensive struggles. Fans rejoiced at the news of him resigning after a season of the Tigers averaging 25.8 points per game — the team's lowest mark since 2004. Missouri’s offensive line, which was already undersized going into the SEC, was hurt by injury. If Missouri’s offense continues to struggle in 2013, fans will be left searching for someone new to blame. (800 page views)

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