John L. Pitts


John L. Pitts "could have been an actor, but I wound up here," as Sports Editor at the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal |

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By John L. Pitts Daily Journal The moment of truth arrives today for the Mississippi State football team. Ranked No. 1 in the country for more than a month, the Bulldogs (9-0, 5-0 SEC) visit fourth-ranked Alabama (8-1, 5-1) today for a 2:30 p.m. kickoff on CBS. It’s been billed as the biggest football game […]

By John L. Pitts and Parrish Alford Daily Journal Get ready for a daylight Egg Bowl. The Nov. 29 Mississippi State game at Ole Miss is set for a 2:30 p.m. kickoff on CBS – the first time the game has been seen on that network. The SEC office made the announcement on Monday. That […]

By Paul Jones Special to the Journal STARKVILLE – For the first time all season, top-ranked Starkville found itself on the wrong end of the scoreboard. So the Jackets quickly responded with their first come-from-behind win of the season. The Jackets rallied from a 17-0 deficit with 28 unanswered points to survive a scare, beating […]

Aberdeen 52, South Pontotoc 14 Baldwyn 48, New Site 20 Belmont 30, Alcorn Central 12 Calhoun City 54, Okolona 0 Coffeeville 53, Falkner 0 Coldwater 50, Houlka 6 Corinth 33, Amory 7 Hatley 35, East Union 7 Hebron 54, Calhoun Academy 30 H.W. Byers 54, Potts Camp 41 Itawamba AHS 31, Tishomingo County 14 Kossuth […]

BY BRANDON SPECK DAILY JOURNAL Xavier Pegues admits what kept him from playing senior college football out of high school, his grades. But after two years at Itawamba CC, Pegues has turned a stumbling block into an even bigger opportunity than he was getting after his senior season at Oxford High. The 6-foot-3, 285-pound defensive […]

Area Charleston 56, Holly Springs 14 East Webster 27, Eupora 7 North Pontotoc 35, Mooreville 22 Ripley 33, New Albany 8 Also Pisgah 24, St. Joseph-Madison 0 Southaven 21, DeSoto Central 10 Water Valley 44, MS Palmer 8

TUPELO One of the most interesting fallouts of our state having two of the nation’s three top-ranked teams at the halfway point of the season is this: It makes big games involving other teams even more compelling. Case in point is tonight’s visit by No. 5 Notre Dame to No. 2 Florida State. Florida State […]

TUPELO I told you this summer that the SEC Western Division appeared to be up for grabs. I told you last week that a couple of upset wins for Mississippi State and Ole Miss would take the state of Mississippi into uncharted territory. So, where do we go from here? We all just keep riding […]

By John L. Pitts Daily Journal Welcome to the center of the college football universe. The Magnolia State has never seen anything quite like today, with matchups between four unbeaten teams ranked in the national top 12. It starts at 11 a.m., with No. 6 Texas A&M (5-0) visiting No. 11 Mississippi State (4-0). That […]

CORINTH So, you’ve already heard by now that it’s a big weekend for college football in Mississippi – maybe the biggest ever. Guess what? In the context of the entire season, next weekend might be just as big. If Ole Miss and Mississippi State both win on Saturday, they’re each quite likely to be top […]