COLUMBIA — This week's most-read story is commentary from assistant sports editor Mark Selig. He explores the coaching staff under Missouri basketball coach Kim Anderson. The head coaches' biggest weakness at the college level was expected to be recruiting, but Anderson has been busy pulling both coaches and players to the Tiger cause.
Here are the 10 most popular stories posted last week on ColumbiaMissourian.com, according to Google Analytics.
- Missouri Tigers head coach Kim Anderson continues with recruiting flourishes to the basketball roster, including adding a respected coach-player duo from Huntington Prep. As the team and staff gets more buff, national speculation has taken a positive turn for to the upcoming season. (1,532 page views)
- Jimmy Whitt, Hickman's lead scorer, received offers for basketball scholarships from many schools. Now, he has narrowed his options down to nine potential teams, including Missouri. He is focusing on schools where his says, "...my strengths will shine the most, and I feel like I can make an impact..." (981 page views)
- The best four years of your life is about more than academics. The Missourian's Collegetown 2014 special helps incoming freshman and transfer students adjust to life in a new town, with everything from which Columbia movers and shakers to follow on Twitter to how to take advantage of university resources. (771 page views)
- Columbia residents, including Boone County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Knight and attorney Scott Wilson, speak out against Amendment 5 on the upcoming ballot, which would reword the state's right to bear arms section of the constitution. Knight said the proposed changes would make our community "less safe." (770 page views)
- At the St. Louis Rams training camp, Michael Sam is playing both sides of the line. He shows bursts of good potential, but he hasn't been playing on the right side during defensive plays in years, he said, and his struggles are evident in false starts and other mishaps. Rams coach Jeff Fisher said Sam is fitting in and showing improvement. (742 page views)
- A Columbia man was arrested July 29 on charges of possession of child pornography. A search on his computer turned up what is thought to be more than 4,000 illegal images. (697 page views)
- Columbia-based softball team Missouri Stealth has a reputation for not only winning games on a regional and national level but also for helping propel players to college-level play. (657 page views)
- In October 2008, ESPN's magazine cover claimed then Missouri quarterback duo Chase Daniels and Chase Patton were headed toward the Heisman and the Super Bowl, respectively. Neither came true. Now, Daniels plays for the Kansas City Chiefs, but he didn't win the trophy, and Patton recently graduated from dental school. (652 page views)
- Newman Center's new pastor, Richard Litzau, spent a year in the seminary before he realized he wasn't ready for it yet. Years after his children were grown, he returned to the commitment. Now, he will lead the Newman Center. (649 page views)
- Missouri sophomore wide receiver Levi Copelin was suspended for a full year after failing a drug test. He used an over-the-counter supplement that was not approved by the NCAA. Considering Dorial Green-Beckam's similar suspension for burglary, Missouri could be short receivers heading into the football season. (598 page views)