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THE WEEK'S MOST READ STORIES: Missouri basketball searches for head coach

Sunday, April 27, 2014 | 6:09 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — News about the Missouri men's basketball program and potential candidates for head coach remained one of the most read topics this week.

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Here are the 10 most popular stories posted last week on ColumbiaMissourian.com, according to Google Analytics.

  1. Missouri athletics director Mike Alden is looking to hire a men's basketball coach, and Wichita State coach Gregg Marshall is the biggest name in the pool of potential candidates. Marshall was named The Associated Press Coach of the Year in 2014 after leading Wichita State to a 35-0 start last season. His agent said Monday that Missouri had yet to reach out to him. (2,927 page views)
  2. Derrick Brookins, 44, was found dead inside a residence in north Columbia Tuesday afternoon after a report of several gunshots fired, Columbia police spokeswoman Latisha Stroer said. Three people were eventually charged with second-degree murder   in connection with his death. It was the fourth homicide investigation in Columbia since Jan. 1, Stroer said. (926 page views)
  3. Joe Lynn, Missouri's head cross country coach and the assistant coach in charge of middle distance and distance runners for Missouri Track and Field, was suspended on Thursday. Missouri athletics spokeswoman Samantha Rinkus confirmed the suspension but declined to give details. This is Lynn's third year at Missouri. (913 page views)
  4. Former Rock Bridge all-state basketball player Ricky Kreklow announced Thursday that he will be transferring from California. The Columbia native's transfer announcement came nine days after Cuonzo Martin became California's new men's basketball coach. Kreklow said in a statement that the transfer was "not related in any way to the change in coaching staff at Cal." (723 page views)
  5. Candidates interested in the position of head coach for Missouri men's basketball can now apply online for the job. The open application was posted to the University of Missouri System website on Tuesday, five days after former coach Frank Haith officially announced his departure from Missouri. Some of the requirements listed on the application included availability from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday through Friday. (694 page views)
  6. 19-year-old Briana Forrest of Ashland died Thursday morning after she failed to yield to a 2009 Ford Expedition while pulling onto Highway 63 from Foresee Road, police said. The Expedition struck Forrest's car on the passenger side, according to a report from the Missouri State Highway Patrol. The other driver, Trudy Lakes, 34, was airlifted to University Hospital for her injuries. Lakes was pregnant at the time. (642 page views)
  7. Small towns such as Sturgeon instill a sense of belonging, Megan Blakemore said in a photo essay she created in response to a Missourian article about the town's declining church membership. Blakemore lived in Sturgeon until she was 20 years old, when she left for the Army. She believes her great-aunt Lucille is the oldest living resident of the town. (632 page views)
  8. The Columbia City Council voted 4-3 on Monday to stop the construction of Parkside Estates, a proposed subdivision near Rock Bridge State Park, because of concerns about stormwater runoff and erosion in the park. The developer, Southside Trail Estates, had made revisions to the original plans, including reducing the amount of surfaces that contribute to water runoff, but council remained unswayed. (631 page views)
  9. Missouri residents are divided over a right-to-work bill that has made its way to a final vote in the House. HB 1770, sponsored by Rep. Eric Burlison, R-Springfield, would guarantee employees in Missouri the freedom to work without having to join or pay dues to any labor organization for employment. (621 page views)
  10. After Frank Haith announced his departure to Tulsa, Jeff Goodman of ESPN tweeted a list of possible head basketball coach candidates and what they could bring to the table for the Tigers. The story was also one of last week's most read stories. (577 page views)

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