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THE WEEK'S MOST READ STORIES: SEC championship draws fans; MU chooses new chancellor

Sunday, December 8, 2013 | 7:24 p.m. CST

 COLUMBIA — The most read stories this week include fans' trips to the historic conference championship in Atlanta and the selection of the outgoing Texas A&M president as MU's new chancellor.

Here are the 10 most read stories posted last week on ColumbiaMissourian.com, according to Google Analytics. Most of the links provided are to stories available only for Missourian digital subscribers.

  1. Missouri fans planning to attend the Southeastern Conference Championship in Atlanta were warned that they might run into snow and sleet in both directions. A statement from the National Weather Service Weather Forecast Office in St. Louis said a winter weather system would affect the southern regions of Missouri and Illinois, which would then spread to western parts of Tennessee and Kentucky and create poor road conditions for travelers. (2,689 page views)
  2. The Tigers defeated the Texas A&M Aggies 28-21 on Nov. 30, moving their season record to 11-1 and securing their first-ever SEC East Division title. Missouri running back Henry Josey ran for 57 yards to score the winning touchdown, marking the tremendous degree of progress he has made since a gruesome knee injury he sustained in 2011. After the game, ecstatic fans rushed Faurot Field to celebrate the historic victory. (1,541 page views)
  3. After the Nov. 30 victory over Texas A&M, many fans purchased tickets for the SEC Championship game in Atlanta. Tigers fans could choose to travel to the game by driving or flying, with flying the more expensive of the two options. Atlanta offered a range of hotels at a variety of prices for fans looking to spend the night. (1,372 page views)
  4. R. Bowen Loftin, the outgoing president of Texas A&M University, was announced as MU's next chancellor. Loftin, who is known for wearing bow ties, has been president of Texas A&M since 2010 and announced this July that he will step down from the position in January 2014. University enrollment grew to more than 50,000 under his leadership. (1,350 page views)
  5. Following their victory over Texas A&M and the SEC East Division title that accompanied it, the Tigers had several options for bowl games. The most likely destination was the Capital One Bowl, which would require a loss to Auburn and Alabama getting a slot in the Orange Bowl. Other possible bowl options included the Outback Bowl, Cotton Bowl, Sugar Bowl and BCS National Championship.  (1,302 page views)
  6. Former MU School of Medicine David Oliver gave a speech Tuesday about death and cancer to an audience at the school's Bryant Auditorium. Along with his wife Debra, he talked about the decision to stop treatment and spend more time with the people he cared about. In October 2011, Oliver was diagnosed with stage IV nasopharyngeal carcinoma, a variety of throat cancer that had spread to other parts of his body. (1,285 page views)
  7. At the Nov. 30 game against Texas A&M, Missouri's defense successfully contained Aggies quarterback Johnny Manziel, the first Heisman Trophy winner to play at Memorial Stadium in 34 years. The front four only made two sacks but knocked Manziel several times over the course of the game. (1,251 page views)
  8. Missouri quarterback James Franklin said Ohio State would rightfully earn a No.2 spot in the BCS rankings if both Ohio State and Missouri won their respective games last weekend. He attributed his reasoning to Ohio State's undefeated season, noting that keeping up a consistent winning streak is a difficult task for any team, regardless of their competition. (929 page views)
  9. Dan Viets, chairman of Show-Me Cannabis Regulation, filed a petition requesting that the Missouri secretary of state's office legalize marijuana use through an amendment. The proposal aims to legalize marijuana for adults 21 and older, while taxing the drug to fund law enforcement, education and other community services. To get the measure on the ballot, petitioners will have to collect signatures from at least 8 percent of the state's 4 million registered voters. (837 page views)
  10. The Missouri Tigers have made quite the splash in their second year in the SEC, but the additions to Memorial Stadium remain incomplete. At the Nov. 30 game against Texas A&M, Missouri fans crowded into the traditional sections to cheer on the team. The extra stands are expected to be completed in time for SEC play this coming fall. (801 page views)

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