The Big 10 for the week of Oct. 18-25

These were the 10 most-read articles at albanyherald.com for the week of Oct. 18-25.

1. Freeman looks back over nine years at ASU

ALBANY — Just minutes before holding what was likely his final news conference as the president of Albany State University, Everette Freeman was relaxed and talkative. Earlier this week, Freeman effectively closed the book on a nine-year stint at ASU when he accepted the president’s position at the Community College of Denver (CCD) in Colorado. He’ll begin work out west on Nov. 1.

2. On The Job with Butch Mosely

ALBANY — At 72, Dougherty County System David “Butch” Mosely is closing in on his fifth retirement, but shows no signs of slowing down. The man self described as a “coach, principal and high-mileage school teacher,” became Dougherty’s interim school superintendent in January and will remain on the job until September of next year.

3. Peter Sireno resigns as president of Darton State College

ALBANY — For the second time in just two days, an Albany institution of higher education has lost its president. In a stunning move early Friday afternoon, Peter Sireno resigned immediately as president of Darton State College.

4. Famous singer addresses ASU faithful.

ALBANY — Albany State University alum and world-renowned opera singer, Travis Pratt, encouraged students, faculty and guests at Friday’s 2013 ASU Homecoming Convocation, to never give up on their dreams.

5. Freeman leaves behind a legacy of growth at ASU

ALBANY — Many Albany State University alumni in town for the historically black college’s annual homecoming festivities this past week were surprised to learn of the pending departure of their alma mater’s eighth president, Everette Freeman. Freeman, after nine years at ASU, has been selected to become president of the 12,000-student Community College of Denver in Colorado. He is expected to start serving at CCD on Nov. 1.

6. Giving it away

THOMASVILLE — Thomas County Central’s powerful ground game rolled up 361 yards rushing as the Jackets executed the option to near perfection, running past Lee County 45-14 Friday night at Thomas County Stadium. It’s the first loss of the season for the Trojans (6-1, 1-1 Region 1-AAAAA), who lost six turnovers, including four fumbles and two interceptions.

7. Is a merger in the future of Albany State and Darton?

ALBANY — Talk about the other shoe dropping. When it did, the thud was heard loudly all the way to Atlanta. The announcement that Everette Freeman, president of Albany State University for the last nine years, was leaving to take a position in Colorado was just sinking in when on Friday when Peter Sireno the president of Albany’s other institution in the University System, Darton State, resigned under pressure from the chancellor.

8. Friday’s prep football roundup

DONALSONVILLE — The Herald No. 2 Seminole County Indians beat Calhoun County, 31-6, and improved to 7-0 and are off to their best start since the team went 10-0 in 1973.

9. ASU homecoming parade draws huge crowd.

ALBANY — A crowd of nearly 15,000 filled the streets of downtown Albany Saturday morning to witness the 2013 Albany State University Homecoming Parade. With 99 entries ranging from local businesses to motorcycle and horse riders, to area officials, to beauty queens to marching bands, the parade treated those in attendance to an ASU community celebration.

10. Albany State, Darton College searching for new presidents

ALBANY — With Albany State University President Everette Freeman packing boxes and former Darton State College President Peter Sireno already out of the door, both schools now turn to the Georgia Board of Regents for assistance in finding their replacements.