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THE WEEK'S MOST READ STORIES: Missouri hires men's basketball coach

Sunday, May 4, 2014 | 7:37 p.m. CDT; updated 8:23 p.m. CDT, Sunday, May 4, 2014

COLUMBIA — Coverage of Missouri's hiring of Kim Anderson as the next men's basketball head coach after Frank Haith departed for Tulsa dominated the most read stories this week. Anderson scored 1,289 career points when he played for Missouri. His University of Central Missouri team won the 2014 NCAA Division II National Championship on March 29.

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

  1. The Sedalia community anxiously awaited news of who would become the next Missouri men's basketball head coach, wondering if it would be one of their own. Kim Anderson attended Smith-Cotton High School, and the school's gym houses his white No. 32 jersey in a display case with a "Class of 1973" plaque. (2,178 page views)

  2. Missouri announced in a news release Monday that former player and assistant coach Kim Anderson would replace Frank Haith as the men's basketball team's head coach. Anderson graduated from Missouri, scoring 1,289 career points and helping Missouri to its first Big 8 Conference championship in the Norm Stewart era as a junior in 1976.  (1,560 page views)

  3. Former Missouri basketball player Jon Sundvold and current Central Missouri player Preston Brunz reacted to the news of Anderson's hiring. "The thing I think he brings of the four hires since Norm is he's maybe the best X's and O's hire," Sundvold said. "He's tough and he's fair. One thing about him is that he has a way of getting the best out of players." (980 page views)

  4. In his introductory news conference, Anderson joked about questions his skeptics had raised about his abilities to coach at the Division I level. "Apparently, I'm old. I really had no idea of that until yesterday, and I've got to tell you, it devastated me," Anderson said Tuesday at the Reynolds Alumni Center. Despite the concerns, ESPN college basketball analyst Fran Fraschilla said he thinks Missouri made a smart hire. "Based on who they were realistically going to be able to pay and lure to the job, Kim Anderson makes perfect sense," Fraschilla told the Missourian on Tuesday. (865 page views)

  5. After MU announced Anderson's hiring, fans took to Twitter, expressing a wide array of emotions, from dismay and confusion to pride and hope for coming seasons. As a group, the fans seemed to be underwhelmed by the school's selection. (813 page views)

  6. Anderson's transition from Central Missouri head coach at the Division II level to Missouri head coach at the Division I level won't change the person he is, according to people who know the 58-year-old Sedalia native well. "Coach A" teared up when he told his UCM players the news. UCM senior captain Jon Gilliam said the team knew the Missouri job was a dream for Anderson. (685 page views)

  7. Anderson's journey to become the next Missouri men's basketball head coach began with a phone call he received during a 10-mile bike ride on the Katy Trail in Windsor. "It didn't say 'search firm,'" Anderson said with a laugh. "I said, 'well, I better check this out.'" The call came on April 19, the day after Tulsa announced Frank Haith would be its next coach. On April 28, it was announced Anderson got the Missouri job. (614 page views)

  8. At 10 a.m. Tuesday at the Reynolds Alumni Center, Anderson spoke in his first news conference as the Missouri men's basketball head coach. Reporters packed the room to see the coach's introduction. (533 page views)

  9. Kim Anderson's first hurdle as the head coach of the Missouri men's basketball coach was his introductory news conference. The new coach made jokes and spoke about his ties to Missouri, and the audience at the Reynolds Alumni Center seemed generally pleased with the introduction. "This is my dream job," Anderson said. "You all probably figured that out a long time ago. I'm Mizzou through and through." (515 page views)

  10. The softball series opener between No. 13 Missouri and No. 6 Alabama was full of momentum changes that eventually ended with a 8-6 Missouri win. After the team was down 2-0 by the end of the second inning, Missouri right fielder Emily Crane's two-run home run in the third capped off a three-run swing to put the Tigers ahead 3-2. Alabama came back with a blast from left fielder Kallie Case. But Missouri freshman Natalie Fleming's double in the bottom of the sixth pushed the Tigers ahead, ending the game with a win. (511 page views)


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