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 Ripley’s Jayla Chills had hoped her final season of college basketball might lead her back to her home state for at least one more game. So she was delighted Monday night when the NCAA Tournament bracket sent her Troy squad to Starkville for a Friday game with seventh-ranked Mississippi […]

Is there a better college coach in the state of Mississippi right now than Vic Schaefer? His Mississippi State women are 20-0, ranked fourth in the country and are headed to the national spotlight of a Monday night showdown at No. 5 South Carolina (16-1). As I wrote last season, he’s on a path that […]

A week after the Minnesota Twins said they were trying to quickly resolve the future of second baseman Brian Dozier, it’s still up in the air. Dozier, the All-Star from Fulton, has been the subject of trade rumors since the season ended, with a lot of buzz about a possible deal with the L.A. Dodgers. […]

By John L. Pitts Daily Journal It’s been 20-plus years since Joe Horn made the unlikely journey from Fulton to the NFL without attending a four-year college. Horn, who turns 45 on Monday, will be in Tupelo today as part of the observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life. He will speak and sign […]

By John L. Pitts Daily Journal TUPELO – John Gatlin has traded in his spikes for skates. It’s as challenging as you might think. “I’m 6-foot-5, 200 pounds, trying to get around on two dinner knives on a sheet of ice,” Gatlin said Friday. “It’s difficult.” The former ICC and Ole Miss baseball player will […]

Did Dak Prescott cost one NFL team its coach and general manager? The San Francisco 49ers cleaned house on Sunday night after a 2-14 finish, tossing head coach Chip Kelly after just one season and also firing general manager Trent Baalke. It didn’t take long for reports to filter out that Kelly – known as […]

Mississippi State has a chance today to get the SEC off to a good start this bowl season – one which should end with the league’s champion, Alabama, hoisting another national championship trophy. The St. Petersburg Bowl is the first of 12 bowl games for league teams over the next week or so, and it’s […]

Will the next North Alabama football coach be from Monroe County? Bobby Wallace retired Tuesday as head coach of the Lions, and Aberdeen’s Chris Willis – a longtime Lions assistant – will serve as interim head coach. For his part, Willis would like the job. “I am very interested,” Willis told the TimesDaily. “I trust […]

By now, it should be obvious that not all 5-7 college football seasons are created equally. Put two 5-7 seasons together back to back, like Charlie Strong did at Texas, and you might get fired. Go 5-7 when the season began with great expectations and, like at Ole Miss, you get a season-ending news conference […]

By John L. Pitts Daily Journal The Blue Mountain men’s basketball team rolls into its Christmas break with an official 5-2 record, including wins in both of its early conference games. But the NAIA Toppers have also played a handful of exhibition games, with surprising success, against a pair of Division I foes. And, in […]