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 Members of the Tombigbee Tribe baseball team are going back to school with epic tales of their summer vacation. The 12-under baseball team traveled to New York for a week in early July to participate in the Cooperstown Dreams Park Experience, a summer-long event involving some 1,350 youth teams […]

By John L. Pitts Daily Journal TUPELO – There are big changes coming to the Tupelo radio landscape on Monday. It’ll start at 6 a.m., as “Mississippi Sports Today” with Craig Horton launches a three-hour version of a show that began in July of 2012 and previously ran two hours starting at 7. Listeners will […]

Clemson Last year’s national runners-up return 17 starters on offense and defense including QB Deshaun Watson. Tigers have won more than 10 games in each of the past five seasons. Michigan The preseason betting favorite, the Wolverines return 15 starters after going 10-3 in Jim Harbaughs first season. Still, they’ll be breaking in a new […]

By David Wheeler Special to the Journal Northeast Mississippi has been carving out a nice niche for showcasing quality Summer baseball for decades. The spotlight for that high level of play on the diamond shifts to New Albany this weekend for the season-ending tournament of the Cotton States wooden bat college baseball league. Played at […]

Meet the new boss Jay Hopson, 32-17 in four seasons at Alcorn State, takes over the Golden Eagles. Todd Monken, who brought the program back from the depths for a nine-win season in 2015, is now on the coaching staff of the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Hopson, 47, is a former Ole Miss player. West […]

Former Mississippi State tight end C.J. Sirmones, a hero of the 1999 Egg Bowl, was shot to death Tuesday night in Tennessee. The Lawrence County Sherrif’s Office said Sirmones, 36, was shot during an argument with Yancey Williams., 30, who was arrested on a charge of second-degree murder and was being held on a $400,000 […]

TUPELO Dan Mullen has a chance to do the right thing today, on the biggest possible stage. The Mississippi State football coach will be in the spotlight this morning at SEC Media Days in Hoover, Alabama, and a thousand media members will be all ears. At the start, Mullen needs to say that freshman defensive […]

By John L. Pitts Daily Journal College football season starts today. Unofficially, at least. SEC Football Media Days gets underway this morning and runs for four days at the Wynfrey Hotel in the Birmingham suburb of Hoover. With such an early start in July, the SEC will be the first major conference to hold its […]

Daily Journal reports Drew Pomeranz, the former Ole Miss ace, has been named to his first MLB All-Star Game as an injury replacement. Pomeranz is enjoying a career year with San Diego – which happens to be the site of Tuesday’s night’s game. It’s his first ASG invitation. “Still can’t believe it,” Pomeranz tweeted Saturday. […]

SEC Media Days Invited players Starts Monday at Hoover, Ala. Alabama (Wednesday) Jonathan Allen, Sr., DL O.J. Howard, Sr., TE Eddie Jackson, Sr., DB Arkansas (Wednesday) Brooks Ellis, Sr., LB Jeremy Sprinkle, Sr., TE Deatrich Wise Jr., Sr., DL Auburn (Monday) Montravius Adams, Sr., DL Marcus Davis, Sr., WR Carl Lawson, Jr., DL Florida (Monday) […]