Missouri football's Cotton Bowl bid brings back memories of 2007 disappointment

Bryan Maggard, executive associate athletics director, and football coach Gary Pinkel, right, announce that Missouri will play Oklahoma State in the AT&T Cotton Bowl on Jan. 3, 2014, in Arlington, Texas.

The 2013 Missouri team wanted to be different, but it's tough to ignore the similarities to 2007.

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

Tigers fans' travels to the Southeastern Conference Championship in Atlanta and MU's selection of R. Bowen Loftin as its new chancellor resonated with readers this week.

Rock Bridge, Hickman girls cruise to Norm Stewart Classic wins

Hickman's Emily Miller led the way to a 63-31 over Troy, and Rock Bridge toppled Blue Springs 61-28 in a rematch of last season's Class 5 championship.

Fans react to bowl announcement

Fans responded to the news that the Missouri Tigers would be playing in the Cotton Bowl against the Oklahoma State Cowboys.

Mill Creek boundary change, bond issue up for school board vote

The Columbia School Board will vote on boundary changes for Mill Creek Elementary School's 2014-15 school year.

Missouri falls to No. 9 after SEC Championship

Missouri's ranking in the AP Poll dropped to No. 9 after its loss to Auburn at the SEC Championship.

Columbia Environmental Research Center leads world in chemical and metal sampling

Columbia scientists have used their patented Semi-Permeable Membrane Device in some of the most severe and inaccessible locations on Earth. Data they have gained could change the way the world sets water and air quality standards.

Missouri women's basketball breaks decades-old records in win against Bradley

The Missouri women's basketball team set records in points scored in a half and total points scored in its 126-55 win against Bradley. The Tigers made 18 3-pointers, tying the record set by last year's team.

THE WEEK IN PHOTOS: MU introduces new chancellor; Missouri football loses SEC Championship

This week, Missourian photographers took photos of Parkade Elementary School students learning how to use Twitter and MU's introduction of R. Bowen Loftin as the new chancellor.

Snow, drizzle slicken roads in Missouri, Kansas

A fresh round of freezing rain and snow caused numerous accidents across slick roads in Missouri and Kansas on Sunday.

Police investigate Sunday afternoon shooting in north Columbia

Columbia police responded to a shooting Sunday afternoon on Lawnridge Court. They did not find any victims.

THE WEEK IN MISSOURI SPORTS: Football falls in SEC title game; Volleyball knocked out of tournament

This week, Missouri basketball picked up two wins to help soften the blow felt when football fell to Auburn in a high-scoring SEC Championship game and volleyball was knocked out of the NCAA tournament.

Chiefs thump Redskins 45-10 to break 3-game skid

The Chiefs (10-3), who lost two to the Denver Broncos sandwiched around a defeat to the San Diego Chargers, went back to doing what they did so well during their 9-0 start — beat up on a bad team.

WHAT OTHERS SAY: New MU chancellor faces funding challenges

No matter how you define state support for higher education — per capita, per income, as a percentage of state budget — Missouri ranks near the bottom in every category.

Few heirs to Mandela's symbol of freedom

The passing of Nelson Mandela leaves a waning number of global figures representing freedom and resilience against oppression.

Emails detail hidden plan for Kansas City district

Newly released emails detail a hidden plan for the Kansas City school district and raise questions about how a contract was awarded to a private education reform group tasked with recommending ways of improving the school system.

Missouri boy uses birthday to collect shoes for the needy

Braxton Krause, a 9-year-old boy from Farmington, asked friends to bring shoes to donate to the needy instead of buying him presents for his birthday.

Cardinals beat Rams 30-10 to end NFC West skid

Arizona quarterback Carson Palmer completed 27 of 32 passes to snap the Cardinals' eight-game losing streak against NFC West foes.

Nasty weather hits several NFL games

Blowing snow so obscured the yard markers during games yesterday that television networks superimposed the yard lines and numbers for viewers at home who couldn't see them.

Gene therapy scores big wins against blood cancers

Many leukemia patients involved in an experimental gene therapy treatment study several years ago remain cancer-free today.