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 Dan Mullen has a chance to do the right thing today, on the biggest possible stage. The Mississippi State football coach will be in the spotlight this morning at SEC Media Days in Hoover, Alabama, and a thousand media members will be all ears. At the start, Mullen needs to say that freshman defensive […]

By John L. Pitts Daily Journal College football season starts today. Unofficially, at least. SEC Football Media Days gets underway this morning and runs for four days at the Wynfrey Hotel in the Birmingham suburb of Hoover. With such an early start in July, the SEC will be the first major conference to hold its […]

Daily Journal reports Drew Pomeranz, the former Ole Miss ace, has been named to his first MLB All-Star Game as an injury replacement. Pomeranz is enjoying a career year with San Diego – which happens to be the site of Tuesday’s night’s game. It’s his first ASG invitation. “Still can’t believe it,” Pomeranz tweeted Saturday. […]

SEC Media Days Invited players Starts Monday at Hoover, Ala. Alabama (Wednesday) Jonathan Allen, Sr., DL O.J. Howard, Sr., TE Eddie Jackson, Sr., DB Arkansas (Wednesday) Brooks Ellis, Sr., LB Jeremy Sprinkle, Sr., TE Deatrich Wise Jr., Sr., DL Auburn (Monday) Montravius Adams, Sr., DL Marcus Davis, Sr., WR Carl Lawson, Jr., DL Florida (Monday) […]

Daily Journal reports EUGENE, Ore. – Ole Miss sophomore Raven Saunders is headed to Rio after her second-place finish at the U.S. Olympic Trials shot put on Thursday. Michelle Carter won with a sixth and final toss of 19.59 meters (64 feet, 3 ¾ inches) after slipping out of the lead into third place after […]

Daily Journal, wire reports EUGENE, Ore. – Former Ole Miss standout Brittney Reese is headed to a third Olympics, with a chance to defend her 2012 title. Reese uncorked the best long jump of her illustrious career on Saturday afternoon at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials, winning with a fourth and final jump […]

TUPELO I’ve got the dumbest injury story ever. My wife agrees, the doctors – there’s been more than one – agree, everyone who hears the story agrees. And I should know, I’m a bit of a connoisseur. Throughout my sports writing career, I’ve always been fascinated by stories about weird injuries suffered by athletes. Earlier […]

By John L. Pitts Daily Journal LSU’s change of heart, to again allow opposing marching bands to appear for football halftime shows, won’t have any effect on Mississippi State or Ole Miss this fall. Both the Rebels and Bulldogs will visit Baton Rouge for games, but neither school ever intended to send a full marching […]

By John L. Pitts Daily Journal TUPELO – Muhammad Ali touched many lives – of people both powerful and ordinary – in the years during and after his boxing career. While celebrities and family mourned him at Friday’s memorial, Shannon’s Lurlie Ford reflected on her encounter 30 years ago with “The Greatest.” Ford, who’s retired […]

By John L. Pitts Daily Journal It’s been quite a month of May for Chris Stratton. The former Tupelo High School and Mississippi State ace and his wife welcomed their first child, a son, on Mother’s Day. After a rough start to the season, he’s been pitching better in the minor leagues. And late Friday, […]