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 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 […]

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 […]