THE WEEK'S MOST READ STORIES: Haith leaves Missouri for Tulsa; ESPN's Goodman lists potential replacements

Sunday, April 20, 2014 | 5:24 p.m. CDT; updated 5:37 p.m. CDT, Sunday, April 20, 2014

COLUMBIA — News surrounding the Missouri men's basketball program — including head coach Frank Haith's departure to Tulsa and the dismissal of a hearing and restraining order for former player Zach Price — led the most read stories this week. Missouri Athletics Director Mike Alden announced April 18 that Haith informed him he was leaving for the University of Tulsa.

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  1. As Missouri's search for a new head basketball coach began with Frank Haith's departure Friday, college basketball expert Jeff Goodman of ESPN tweeted a list of potential replacements. Mike White of Louisiana Tech, Archie Miller of Dayton, Craig Neal of New Mexico, Tim Miles of Nebraska and Kim Anderson of the University of Central Missouri were named. Anderson is the 2014 NCAA Division II Coach of the Year.  (2,184 page views)
  2. Truman the Tiger, MU's mascot, placed first in the mascot division of the 2014 National Cheerleaders Association's national championship, the university announced April 12. Truman performed a routine for judges in which the tiger explained the do's and don'ts of being a mascot. "Everybody loves Truman, and now we know that everybody in the nation loves him, too," said Suzy Thompson, cheerleading coach and mascot coordinator. (1,324 page views)

  3. Lawmakers in the Missouri House of Representatives appointed educators and parents to begin developing replacement benchmarks for the Common Core Standards, which they also decided will remain in schools next year. HB 1490 was amended to push back the timeline to replace Common Core, to empower the State Board of Education to begin working on a replacement and to allow Smarter Balanced Assessments to move forward. (952 page views)

  4. State Fair Community College guard Kevin Punter, who was expected to sign a national letter of intent to play for Missouri, said April 17 he's "not signing anything" after multiple reports of Frank Haith potentially leaving MU for Tulsa. Jakeenan Gant, a power forward from Springfield, Ga., signed a national letter of intent with Missouri. He could be released from his letter of intent by the university because Haith left. "Man what just happened?" Gant tweeted Thursday. "This is crazy." (948 page views)

  5. Dennis Mctye, 39, of Columbia, died in a car crash the morning of April 13 in east Columbia. He was driving west in the 4700 block of Richland Road and lost control of his 1993 Mercedes 500 SEL. He drove off the north side of the road and struck a utility pole, according to a Columbia Police Department news release. Mctye was wearing a seat belt at the time of the accident. (830 page views)

  6. The hearing for former Missouri basketball player Zach Price and Earnest Ross' original restraining order against him were dismissed April 16 when Ross did not appear at the Boone County Courthouse for the hearing. Price faced allegations of four counts of suspicion of domestic assault. Ross, Price's former Missouri teammate, filed a restraining order against him to the Boone County Circuit Court on April 2. (758 page views)

  7. Frank Haith informed Missouri Athletics Director Mike Alden via text message that he was leaving to become the next head coach at the University of Tulsa, Alden announced Friday. Haith just concluded year three of a six-year contract with Missouri. His team finished 23-12 and was eliminated in the second round of the National Invitation Tournament by Southern Mississippi. (673 page views)

  8. Karen Spears, a freshman studying journalism at MU, runs an art business called The Korean Pears. She crafts vibrant paintings around hand-lettered quotes and sayings, and sells them in MU's Quirks Consignment Store and on Spears' art attracted the attention of her high school classmates. She would use her bold and funky flared writing style to liven up students' notebooks. (658 page views)

  9. ESPN and reported April 17 that Missouri men's basketball coach Frank Haith would become the next head coach at the University of Tulsa. The official announcement was expected the next day, according to a report from the Tulsa World. On April 18, Missouri Athletics Director Mike Alden announced Haith was leaving Missouri. (628 page views)

  10. Mike Will, a pastor for two churches — the Riggs Union Church and the Sturgeon United Methodist Church — is unsure of what the future holds for his small congregations. Sturgeon, 25 miles north of Columbia, once had seven churches. It now has three, two of which face declining attendance by younger people. The town's population decreased from 944 residents in 2000 to 872 in 2010, reflecting a trend of rural flight from small towns in America. (626 page views)

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