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THE WEEK'S MOST READ STORIES: Former MU football director dies; Harrisburg football kicks off with a win

Sunday, September 8, 2013 | 6:23 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — The week's most read stories included the death of MU's former director of football operations, Harrisburg High School's first-ever football game and the development of 185 acres of land near U.S. 63.

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  1. Curtis Jones Jr., a former director of football operations at MU who had several family ties to the Missouri football program, died on Wednesday at age 40. Jones, who was at MU from 1999 to 2000, had just begun his second year as an associate athletics director at West Virginia University. His brother, former Missouri quarterback Corby Jones, said that Jones died of a heart-related issue. A funeral service will be held Thursday at Missouri United Methodist Church in Columbia. (991 page views)
  2. Almost 500 fans turned out on Tuesday to watch the Harrisburg High School football team win the program's first-ever game. The Bulldogs defeated Tipton 14-12 in a junior varsity contest. Harrisburg's first touchdown was a 35-yard pass from quarterback Blake Berry to receiver Drew Evans. After the game, both players said the new football program meant a lot to Harrisburg. (956 page views)
  3. Construction crews cleared 185 acres of land near U.S. 63 and Discovery Parkway, preparing the land for a mixed-use development that includes stores, office buildings and residential space. Trittenbach Development submitted initial plans for the land at a meeting with city officials in May, but later decided to reduce the amount of residential space and increase retail space. The retail and office space totals 368,000 square feet. (919 page views)
  4. Before Battle High School's first football game of the season, the Spartan Sparklers dance team named sophomore Kadee Dempsey the team's first captain.  The team arrived early to exchange "Secret Sister Gifts" and apply makeup together before its first public performance. The night was captured in a multimedia piece by Kholood Eid. (906 page views)
  5. Missouri football head coach Gary Pinkel and five members of his staff reflected on their time coaching at Toledo, the Tigers' Saturday opponent. Pinkel was the coach at Toledo from 1991 to 2000, and five of his assistant coaches at Missouri worked with him there at some point. Although the coaches praised the Toledo program, they cited Pinkel's loyalty as a main reason they joined him on the Tigers' staff. (813 page views)
  6. A fiery three-vehicle accident backed up traffic on Interstate 70 near the Highway 63 interchange late Friday afternoon, resulting in one minor injury. The accident happened when a white pickup truck rear-ended the station wagon of Briana Swift, 21, who had slowed down because of rush hour traffic. (761 page views)
  7. After a season-opening win against Murray State, the Tigers prepared to take on Toledo, coach Gary Pinkel's former team. The Tigers looked to running backs Henry Josey and Russell Hansbrough to repeat their impressive week one performances and hoped to stifle the Rockets' struggling offense, which mustered only 205 total yards in a week one loss to Florida. (672 page views)
  8. Missouri quarterback James Franklin led the Tigers to a 38-23 victory over Toledo on Saturday. Franklin finished with 289 total yards, 77 of which came on the ground. Although the Tigers walked away with a victory, they lost middle linebacker Andrew Wilson for the first half of the team's next game at Indiana. Wilson was penalized under the new "targeting" rule after hitting a Toledo receiver in the head with his forearm in the third quarter. (650 page views)
  9. Missouri football wide receiver Darius White scored his first touchdown as a Tiger in the third quarter of Missouri's season-opening victory against Murray State. White, a transfer from Texas, sat out last season because of NCAA transfer rules He said after the win that he was sure he made the right decision in coming to Missouri. (590 page views)
  10. Despite temperatures reaching 100 degrees, Missouri fans took over Columbia's parking lots to tailgate before the team's first game against Murray State on Aug. 31. (567 page views)

Supervising editor is Elizabeth Stephens.

 


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