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 After back-to-back Omaha trips for the state’s SEC baseball teams, the road to the College World Series for either this year may be impassible. The experts at rolled out their midseason NCAA playoff bracket projection on Wednesday and no Mississippi teams made the cut – little surprise, really, given that Mississippi State is […]

By John L. Pitts Daily Journal TUPELO – One great entertainer visited the birthplace of another this week. Billiards Hall of Famer LoreeJon Hasson, an eight-time world champion, stopped by the Elvis birthplace on Thursday after visiting her custom cue maker in Byhalia. “We drove through here once a couple of years ago and my […]

TUPELO Let’s get this out of the way right up front – it’s a blessing that the charter flight carrying the Mississippi State men’s basketball team landed safely after losing an engine on Saturday night. The list of teams that have been involved in airline disasters is already way too long. You’ve probably seen, or […]

TUPELO A quick look at the SEC basketball standings will tell you that tonight’s Ole Miss-Arkansas winner will own sole possession of second place in the league standings. But I’m prepared to go out on a limb here and say that, right this minute, nobody in the league is playing better than Ole Miss. Are […]

Looking Back: The Rebels won twice last week to extend their winning streak to five games and move into a share of second place in the league standings. They snapped Texas A&M’s six-game winning streak, 69-59, on Wednesday night, then went to Auburn on Saturday and won 86-79. Ole Miss is 5-1 in SEC road […]

TUPELO National signing day is today, and it’s often compared to Christmas for college football fans. It’s the day when eligible players, mainly high school seniors, can sign a binding national letter of intent with a school that’s offering a scholarship. But it’s less like unwrapping presents on Dec. 25 and finding that you got […]

By John L. Pitts Daily Journal Eli Whiteside is embracing the opportunity. The New Albany native retired from major league baseball last week after six seasons to join the coaching staff of the reigning world champions, the San Francisco Giants. “I don’t know if that’s something I want to do for a long time, but […]

By John L. Pitts Daily Journal New Albany native Eli Whiteside, a catcher who played six seasons in the major leagues and won two World Series rings in San Francisco, has retired. Whiteside, 35, was a sixth-round draft pick out of Delta State in 2001. He’s joining the Giants’ staff as a bullpen catcher. “It’s […]

TUPELO The SEC tried to put a brave face on its ugly bowl season with Saturday’s trumpeting of a 7-5 record in the league’s bowl games, gamely overlookling the highest-profile of its failures. Somehow, this weekend’s wins by Florida and Tennessee don’t quite offset Alabama’s flameout against Ohio State in a national semifinal. Or that […]

By John L. Pitts Daily Journal The most remarkable year in the history of Mississippi college football comes to a close with a pair of bowl games today. No. 9 Ole Miss (9-3) plays No. 6 TCU (11-1) at 11:30 a.m. in the Peach Bowl in Atlanta. No. 8 Mississippi State (10-2) meets No. 10 […]