JOHN L. PITTS: Long year, short time before next

By John L. Pitts/NEMS Daily Journal

CORINTH – The final out of the College World Series on Tuesday night also signaled the end of the 2012-13 college sports season.
It was quite a year in Mississippi for the state’s Big Three.
Both Ole Miss and Mississippi State went to football bowl games in the same season for the first time since 2000, then the Rebels’ basketball team made a surprising run to the NCAA Sweet 16. A dismal 0-12 football season at Southern Miss was followed by a trip to the NIT in basketball under the leadership of a new head coach, Donnie Tyndall.
It was a busy year for our college writers, Parrish Alford and Brad Locke, as well as the rest of the Daily Journal’s sports staff. Brad’s season went into overtime with his trip to Omaha – a logistical challenge, because you never know if you’re packing for two days or two weeks.
It was the latter, as it turns out.
Now, we all have a very short window to work in our vacations, clear up the paperwork on our desks and tackle the last couple of items on our “honey-do” lists at home before it all starts again.
And it starts soon. As hard as it is to fathom, the SEC’s media days for football will begin on July 16 in Hoover, Ala., That’s just 19 days from today.
Yikes. Now, where is that ladder …
Random thoughts
• If the NCAA really wanted to punish Oregon football, it would limit the Ducks to two uniforms – one home, one road – for the next three seasons. That would be like a death penalty for the fashion-forward (and Nike-funded) Ducks.
• So Liam Neeson has signed on to make Taken 3? “If you return the sandwich you took from the lunchroom refrigerator, that’ll be the end of it …” I’d watch that.
• The National Security Agency could create some good will by scanning all of our phone records for somebody texting, “Hey, I shot an elephant!”
• Auburn recently announced a new plan for football game-day parking. Another 3-9 season might take care of that issue.
• I’d like to describe myself as a “five-tool player,” but all five are hammers.
John L. Pitts ( is sports editor of the Journal. His column usually appears on Wednesdays.

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