As revealed Wednesday afternoon on KRES, our top sports story of 2015 was the Missouri Tigers football team. The Tigers started 2015 with a win over Minnesota in the Citrus Bowl on New Year’s Day, and a number 14 ranking in the final Associated Press college football poll of the season. The football team won three of four before Maty Mauk was suspended indefinitely. He was reinstated after four weeks, then suspended a few days later for the rest of the year. The Tigers were 4-5 when the football players announced on a Saturday night they would boycott all team activities until MU System President Tim Wolfe resigned, which he did the following Monday. At that time, coach Gary Pinkel said many players grew concerned about graduate student Jonathan Butler’s well-being as his hunger strike reached its second week.

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By Friday that week, Pinkel announced he would resign at the end of the 2015 season, citing health concerns related to a May diagnosis of lymphoma.

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Pinkel is the winningest coach at Mizzou. He finished with a record of 118-73 over 15 years, as the Tigers dropped their final two games to Tennessee and Arkansas, to finish 5-7 overall and 1-7 in the SEC.

Mizzou introduced new head football coach Barry Odom at a public news conference in early December. The 39-year-old Odom takes over as the 32nd head coach in program history after serving as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach this season. Odom says there are several things about leading a team that he learned over the years from Gary Pinkel.

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Odom played at MU from 1996-99 and began his coaching career at Rock Bridge High School.

Here is the rest of our top 10:

2. Meadville undefeated state champs

3. Royals World Series champs

4. Marceline football to the state semis

5. Atlanta baseball one out away from state championship

6. Tri Rivers Conference will fold-Lewis and Clark will expand

7. North Shelby football (8 man and streak ends)

8. Randolph County football changes (Jasper and Ambroson resign)

9. Salisbury and Monroe City boys 2nd state track and Tolton girls champs

10. La Plata boys state golf champs

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