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 We’re a month into college football season. What do we know? And what don’t we know? Trying to get a handle on that reminds me of my favorite quote from Ronald Reagan: “It isn’t so much that liberals are ignorant. It’s just that they know so many things that aren’t so.” You could say […]

By John L. Pitts Daily Journal Both Ole Miss and Mississippi State will get early kickoffs for the first time this season on Oct. 10, as both face non-SEC foes. The Rebels’ game against New Mexico State will kick off at 11 a.m., while the Bulldogs’ game against Troy will kick off at 3 p.m. […]

TUPELO I must be the only person on earth who has a Yogi Berra story that isn’t funny. Berra, the Hall of Fame catcher, died earlier this week at age 90. His death has brought forth a torrent of personal recollections by athletes and broadcasters and sports writers about things Yogi said, or might have […]

TUPELO If a couple of weeks of college football viewing and one long weekend of NFL has taught us anything about the game, it’s the need to be bold. Don’t play not to lose, especially if you’re playing on the road. That’s very good advice to consider as No. 15 Ole Miss prepares to visit […]

The hype for Saturday night’s Ole Miss game at Alabama started early. Lee Fitting, the producer for ESPN’s “College GameDay,” announced Saturday night that his program will originate from Tuscaloosa this week. It’ll b the 11th time the show, which began in 1994, has visited the Alabama campus. Then on Sunday, ESPN anchor John Buccigross […]

By John L. Pitts Daily Journal Both No. 15 Ole Miss and Mississippi State will have evening kickoffs for their Sept. 26 SEC games – but both will get started well before dark. The Rebels’ home game against Vanderbilt is set for a 6 p.m. kickoff on ESPNU, while the Bulldogs’ game at Auburn will […]

Daily Journal reports The four athletes with Mississippi ties came away with one medal, a bronze, at the Athletics World Championships that wrapped up Sunday in Beijing. Tori Bowie, the former Southern Miss standout from Sandhill, picked up a bronze in the 100 meters. The others: • Brittney Reese (Gulfport, Ole Miss), the three-time defending […]

School reports Jeremy McClain, the Deputy Director of Athletics at Southern Miss for the past three years, was introduced Thursday as the new Director of Athletics at Troy University. The 39-year-old McClain, a native of Houlka, was AD for five seasons at Delta State, starting in 2007. “I could not be more excited,” he told […]

By John L. Pitts Daily Journal They rounded up the usual suspects as defending national champion Ohio State topped the USA Today coaches preseason football poll released on Thursday. Ole Miss was 15th and Mississippi State missed the Top 25 by three points to stand 26th. The rest of the top five: TCU – which […]

By John L. Pitts Daily Journal STARKVILLE – Nettleton’s Riley Ann Mayhew and Walnut’s Kye Meeks were among the winners on Wednesday as the Coca-Cola Junior Tour wrapped up its summer season with championship play at the Starkville Country Club. Mayhew, the defending Class I state high school champion, shot a 76-80 – 156 for […]