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 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 […]

By John L. Pitts Daily Journal Former Tupelo kicker Drew White has a ringside seat for one of the greatest shows on turf. As the placekicker and punter for top-ranked East Mississippi Community College, White has already earned one national championship ring. He and his Lions teammates are 5-0 this season and are aiming for […]

TUPELO On those occasions when I’m asked to speak to a group about being sports editor at the Journal, there’s one anecdote that’s always guaranteed to get a laugh: “I’ll get a phone call from an Ole Miss fan who’s sure we’re biased for Mississippi State. As soon as I hang up, a Mississippi State […]

TUPELO At dinner out on Tuesday night, my wife had a serious question for her husband the sports editor: “What’s the deal with all these pro football players beating on people smaller and weaker than they are?” Fine question, honey. First off, let’s stipulate that no one should be shocked to find that a game […]

By John L. Pitts Daily Journal Renardo Sidney, the former Mississippi State basketball big man, is back in the game. The (Prince Edward) Island Storm, a franchise of the NBL Canada, announced Monday that it has signed the 6-foot-10 Sidney for the 2014-15 season which begins in October. Sidney, 23, declared for the 2012 NBA […]

By John L. Pitts Daily Journal At first glance, it looks like an easy day for both No. 15 Ole Miss and Mississippi State. The Rebels (1-0) visit Nashville to play Vanderbilt at LP Field, and the Commodores sank quickly in their opener last week, 37-7 to Temple. The Bulldogs (1-0) are home against UAB, […]

By John L. Pitts Daily Journal It was big news when Anthony Fernandez, from New Albany, scored six goals for Itawamba Community College in a soccer match on Tuesday. The story got much bigger once it attracted ESPN’s attention. Highlights from ICC’s 11-0 victory over Southwest made it to Tuesday night’s SportsCenter Top 10, coming […]