JOHN L. PITTS: Logan’s MSU run begins

John L PittsTUPELO – Nobody would have blamed Brad Locke if he never got back in the car in drive to Starkville again.

After all, he nearly died on his way there from the Daily Journal office back on Feb. 1, 2010, in an auto accident south of Tupelo.

But as soon as he could, Brad was back at work as our Mississippi State beat writer.

This week, Brad begins a new role, as our coordinator of online content.

I’m delighted that Brad is sticking around. We’ve worked side-by-side almost non-stop since 2002 and he’s been a valuable member of the Journal family. I hope from time to time we can still get his voice into the sports section – he’s a great writer.

And it’s been a lively five seasons on the Bulldogs beat – including three bowl games, a big basketball coaching change and this year’s trip to the College World Series finals.

Our MSU beat is now staffed by Logan Lowery. For the past five years, he’s been involved with a Rivals.com website that covers the Bulldogs.

And I can’t wait until somebody calls to ask, inevitably, where Logan went to college. “He got his degree at MUW,” I’ll say, and there will be a long silence on the other end of the phone.

(Full disclosure: Logan spent a year of post-grad study at Ole Miss, where his byline got into the Journal few times while helping Parish Alford.)

Despite the change, we have two experienced reporters working the state’s SEC beats, and we plan to keep it that way.

Random thoughts
• Don’t forget, Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd started out as a Tennessee recruit. But the brilliant young head coach there, Lane Kiffin, ran Boyd off because he didn’t fit Kiffin’s scheme. What a disaster for the Vols.

• If I hear a story being talked about at 11 a.m. on sports radio, it’s not “breaking news” when you rehash it at 2:45 p.m. Broadcasters are awful about that.

• The Boston Red Sox traded last week for a guy who’s hitting .098. You could find a guy like that sleeping in a bus shelter.

John L. Pitts (john.pitts@journalinc.com) is sports editor of the Journal.