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A New Opportunity

I admit I feel a bit hypocritical. You can read under the “About” section how much I love covering high schools, how I find it preferable to a college or pro beat. I wonder if I’m not a tool.

As you might have already heard, I am taking a new position at the Daily Journal: Mississippi State beat writer. The estimable Gregg Ellis resigned today to head up MSU’s basketball media relations department. We’ve known this was a possibility for a little while, so I’ve had time to consider what I would want to do if this all went down. Nevertheless, when it went down this morning, I was still in a slight state of shock (Gregg, too).

Life has a way of being unpredictable, and opinions change. When I started out in this profession, my ultimate goal was to become a beat writer for a college program or professional sports team. After taking over the prep beat at the Journal in 2005, I grew more and more in love with the job. And I still love it, and I’m going to miss it dearly. I’m also going to miss dealing with all the wonderful people I’ve met and gotten to know over the years, from coaches to administrators to athletes to parents. Sure, I’m not going anywhere, per se, but I’ll no longer be on the prep scene.

I’d just like to thank all those people who have been so helpful during my time as prep editor. Too many folks to name. I’m ready to tackle this new challenge. I have been deeply pondering of late where I think my career should go; or should I say, I’ve been trying to see the direction God has for me. I sat down last night and listed the pros and cons of both the prep beat and the MSU beat. The pros won easily on both counts. So, all things being even, I figured I needed to step out of my comfort zone and take on something new. I’ve come back around to the idea of being a college beat writer and look forward to upholding the high standard Gregg has set.

There is so much I’d like to write, but I guess I should save some of it for my introduction to the MSU fans. I will be assuming Gregg’s blog (djbulldogs.wordpress.com) this week, so please drop in anytime. As for other logistics, I basically start Tuesday. I’ll be at the press conference and will cover Saturday’s game at Louisiana Tech. Gregg will accompany me this weekend and will help me settle in over the next week.

I don’t think my replacement has been made official just yet, but when it is, you’ll know. I think things will go rather smoothly considering the circumstances.

Thanks for the kind words, roastbeef1. And I thank all of you for making this beat, and this blog, more enjoyable. I look forward to hearing from you in the future.

–BL

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In Today’s Journal

I checked in with three academy teams, who open their season next Friday. We also had an update on Tupelo, which scrimmaged Friday. And Tupelo’s softball team hosted a tournament.

Also, here’s an update on the Tupelo 49ers, who won again in Enid, Okla.

It’s my wife’s 30th birthday today, so I’m checking out. Be back Monday.

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Various & Sundry Items

A Tupelo football player takes a break from the heat during Monday's practice. (Photo by C. Todd Sherman)

A Tupelo football player takes a break from the heat during Monday's practice. (Photo by C. Todd Sherman)

Things went well last night at Tupelo High. Caught a bit of practice, then went to the District I coaches meeting. Had a story in today’s Journal talking about Day 1 of preseason drills; I believe the coaches we talked with were the only ones to make it to the meeting. Not the best day to have it.

Adam Gore and friends put together an all-tournament team from the Senior Legion State Tournament. It’s as follows:

P Chris Stratton, Tupelo
P Lee Paine, Pontotoc
RP Matthew Shaw, Pontotoc
C Evan Weibel, Tupelo
1B Cody Brownlee, Amory
2B Philip Matthews, Tupelo
3B Clint Alford, Tupelo
SS Neal Tice, Booneville
OF Will Wallis, Booneville
OF Gardner Richey, Tupelo
OF Hunter Leech, Amory
UTL David Bowen, Pontotoc
DH Chris Gullick, Booneville

And finally, the Jeremy Newsome saga is officially over. Judge Glen Davidson dismissed Newsome’s lawsuit against the MHSAA on Monday. Surprised it took so long. As Davidson wrote, “The plaintiffs’ request for injunctive relief is plainly moot.” Newsome has signed to play ball at ICC. Best wishes, kid.

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iPhone test

This is a test. This is only a test. If this were an actual blog entry, this post would contain much useful info and probably some of my rapier wit. I hope this looks normal; my Mac froze up and is in a catatonic state. Anyway, if this works well, I’ll be able to bring y’all score updates this football season. Yay.

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Back In The Saddle

I hate clichés like that, but I’m in a rush. Got plenty of work to do now that I’m back in town. I’m going to start talking with coaches for my football tab previews, and I’ll drop a few notes on here after talking with each coach.

I’ll have a notebook for Wednesday’s paper, and we’ll be all over the Senior Legion state tournament this weekend. As for tomorrow, I do have a bit of news to report, but you’ll just have to pick up a paper to find out.

A question to ponder while I try to dig up some more blog-worthy material: Which NeMiss football team will make the biggest turnaround this year, and why?

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Odds and Ends

Raise your hand if you stayed up to watch the end of the All-Star Game last night … well, I did. Nice send-off for Yankee Stadium.

No overriding theme today, just some tidbits. We covered the Booneville-Tupelo American Legion game yesterday as well as the Pros of Tomorrow golf tournament. Tomorrow night is the Bernard Blackwell Football Classic, which I’ll cover. I will preview the game in Thursday’s Daily Journal with a focus on Okolona’s Willie Grady.

I’d like to update y’all on the Thrasher football situation, but I’m playing phone tag with Prentiss County super Matt Smith. Poor guy hasn’t had a very relaxing summer. In softball news, Kossuth is halfway done replacing the departed Alan Wood. Baseball coach Steve Lyles will coach slow-pitch this fall, but the fast-pitch position is still vacant.

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Link of the Day

Ah, modern American ingenuity! Take someone else’s idea, perfect it, and make a killing. That’s what a Texas man did with his product, Put-In-Cups.

You’ve seen cups stuck in chain link fences to spell out words, right? Like, “Go Tigers.” Well, this fella “invented” square, durable cups and is selling them by the box. They come in different colors, so you can design a likeness of your mascot. Pretty cool. Wish I’d thought of it.

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