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 Could Ole Miss and Mississippi State be playing on Saturday for a berth in the Sugar Bowl? Assuming Alabama is headed to the College Football Playoff semifinals – Auburn will have a little something to say about that, of course – the Jan. 1 Sugar Bowl in New Orleans is in line to feature […]

By John L. Pitts Daily Journal Chardé Hannah and her South Alabama teammates will try to shock the college soccer world this afternoon. The Jaguars (18-2-2) will visit defending national champion Florida State (15-2-4) for a second-round NCAA tournament game at 3:30 p.m. Hannah, a sophomore from Tupelo, is the leading scorer for a South […]

By John L. Pitts Daily Journal Danny White, a former senior associate athletic director at Ole Miss, will be the new AD at Central Florida. White has been the AD at Buffalo since May of 2012. He’s the brother of new Florida men’s basketball coach Michael White, who played at Ole Miss and was an […]

TUPELO A college football season that’s had many unexpected plot twists is headed into the stretch run with many mysteries yet to be resolved. One of the most interesting is which SEC West team will be headed to Atlanta for the league championship game. A week ago, it seemed like the Nov. 21 LSU-Ole Miss […]

By John L. Pitts Daily Journal Major-college basketball tips off today all over the country – and that includes a day filled with games in Starkville and Oxford. Tipping off before noon, it could be after 11 p.m. before the day is done. Here’s a quick look: • The Ole Miss women, who won 19 […]

The state’s SEC teams are getting back-to-back 2:30 p.m. CBS games, as Saturday’s Alabama-Mississippi State game will be followed by LSU at Ole Miss on Nov. 21. The league announced the Week 12 kickoff times and TV assignments on Monday. MSU’s game at Arkansas on Nov. 21 will be a 6 p.m. ESPN broadcast. There […]

By John L. Pitts Daily Journal Amory native Will Hall makes his third trip to Mississippi today as head football coach at the University of West Georgia. This one is a little different, though, as his team is ranked No. 1 in the NCAA’s Division II for the first time in program history. Hall’s Wolves […]

TUPELO One sign of the progress that’s been made at both Ole Miss and Mississippi State under the current coaching regimes is that no one is making a big deal out of reaching bowl eligibility. With both teams at 5-2, the Rebels and Bulldogs could each be bowl eligible before November – maybe as soon […]

By John L. Pitts Daily Journal Daniel Bristow, who began the season as the starting quarterback for Tupelo High School, is “still enrolled” in school, Tupelo Public School District spokesperson Kay Bishop told the Journal on Thursday. Bristow, a senior, did not play last Friday in an overtime loss to Southaven, and there were social […]

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, one of many people running for president, is hitting SEC country hard. Bush has already made two “Tailgating with Jeb” stops at SEC schools, on Sept. 19 in Columbia, S.C., and in Knoxville last weekend. According to, Bush plans to attend the Battle for the Golden Egg in Starkville […]