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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TUPELO The SEC tried to put a brave face on its ugly bowl season with Saturday’s trumpeting of a 7-5 record in the league’s bowl games, gamely overlookling the highest-profile of its failures. Somehow, this weekend’s wins by Florida and Tennessee don’t quite offset Alabama’s flameout against Ohio State in a national semifinal. Or that […]

By John L. Pitts Daily Journal The most remarkable year in the history of Mississippi college football comes to a close with a pair of bowl games today. No. 9 Ole Miss (9-3) plays No. 6 TCU (11-1) at 11:30 a.m. in the Peach Bowl in Atlanta. No. 8 Mississippi State (10-2) meets No. 10 […]

The holiday break ends tonight for the Mississippi State and Ole Miss women’s basketball teams. The Bulldogs (14-0), off to the best start in school history, host Arkansas-Pine Bluff (2-8) today at 7 p.m. MSU rose one spot to No. 17 in the AP national poll on Monday. Ole Miss (9-3) is home against Southeastern […]

OLE MISS NOTEBOOK By Parrish Alford Daily Journal ATLANTA – Ole Miss offensive coordinator Dan Werner isn’t worried about a shake-up on his line for the Peach Bowl. Season-ending surgery for left guard Aaron Morris after the Rebels’ 31-17 win over Mississippi State means a promotion for freshman Rod Taylor. The highest-rated signee in the […]

By John L. Pitts Daily Journal BOONEVILLE – Greg Davis was introduced as head football coach at Northeast Mississippi Community College on Thursday afternoon. “For the past month, we’ve been looking for someone who could help us to capitalize on the considerable investment we’ve made in the future of Northeast football,” said school president Dr. […]

By John L. Pitts Daily Journal It doesn’t take long, listening to football coach Will Hall talk about the University of West Georgia, to start wondering where to sign up. Hall, an Amory native, is in his first season as coach of the Wolves, who’ll visit Valdosta State on Saturday in an NCAA Division II […]

TUPELO It may not be enough for Mississippi State to merely beat Ole Miss today in Oxford to reach the four-team College Football Playoff. Merely win? They may need, borrowing from the “Wizard of Oz,” to really most sincerely win. A loss today, of course, puts an end to any speculation about MSU’s playoff fate. […]

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 […]