South Alabama Jaguars football

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South Alabama Jaguars football
2017 South Alabama Jaguars football team
South Alabama Jaguars wordmark.svg
First season 2009
Athletic director Joel Erdman
Head coach Joey Jones
7th year, 48–42 (.533)
Stadium Ladd Peebles Stadium
Seating capacity 33,471 (expandable to 38,000)
Field surface FieldTurf
Location Mobile, Alabama
Conference Sun Belt
All-time record 43–35 (.551)
Bowl record 0–2 (.000)
Colors Blue, White, and Red[1]
Fight song South!
Mascot SouthPaw and Miss Pawla
Marching band Jaguar Marching Band
Rivals Troy Trojans
Louisiana–Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns

The South Alabama Jaguars football program, established in 2009, represents the University of South Alabama in the Football Bowl Subdivision of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, of which it became a member in 2012.


Joey Jones era (2008–present)[edit]

Coach Jones

On December 6, 2007, the university's Board of Trustees approved the addition of football to the intercollegiate athletics program. The team began play in 2009 with a planned full transition to the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (Division I-A) by 2013.[2] On February 15, 2008, President Gordon Moulton and Athletic Director Joe Gottfried announced Joey Jones, Birmingham-Southern head coach, as the first head football coach in the university's history. The team plays its home games in Ladd Peebles Stadium.[3]

On September 5, 2009, the University of South Alabama Jaguars defeated Hargrave Military Academy 30–13 in the program's first ever game in front of more than 26,000 fans. The team completed its first season undefeated at 7–0, outscoring its opponents by a combined score of 321–41.

After playing a seven-game schedule in 2009, the Jaguars played 10 games in 2010. The 2010 schedule was made up of schools from NCAA Division I-FCS, NCAA Division II, the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, and no Junior Colleges.[4] The team completed its second season undefeated at 10-0, outscoring its opponents by a combined score of 413-130.

The 2011 season marked the beginning of South Alabama's two-year transition phase from unclassified to Division I FBS status. South played as a Division I-FCS independent for the 2011 season. The Jaguars were scheduled to play 11 games in 2011 but after ending its contracts with UC Davis and Edward Waters College early, and only replacing them with a game against Mississippi Valley State, South played 10 games in the 2011 season. The 2011 schedule was made up of schools from NCAA Division I-FBS, NCAA Division I-FCS, and NCAA Division II.[5] For the first time, South Alabama had games televised. The 2011 season opener against West Alabama was televised on local channel WJTC, as well as on ESPN3. The Jaguars' game against North Carolina State on September 17 was aired on ESPN3.[6] The Jaguars finished the season 6–4.

The 2012 season was South Alabama's final year in the transition phase to full Division I-FBS status. The Jaguars began to face Sun Belt Conference teams in a full conference schedule, but were not eligible for either the conference title or post-season bowl games. The Jaguars did not perform well in their non-conference play, going 1–4, with the only victory over FCS opponent Nicholls State. The Jaguars also struggled in Sun Belt Conference play, going 1-7, with their only victory over Florida Atlantic. The team finished 2–11, and in last place in the Sun Belt.

The South Alabama Jaguars gained full Division I FBS status for the 2013–14 season in the Sun Belt Conference. The Jaguars also became eligible to win the Sun Belt Championship and for a post season Bowl game. The team finished the year at .500 with a 6-6 record, going 4-2 in home games. The Jaguars also went 4-3 in Sun Belt Conference play.

The South Alabama Jaguars finished the 2014 season with a record of 6-6,[7] making them bowl eligible for the second straight year. On December 3, President Tony Waldrop, on behalf of the university and the football team, accepted an invitation to play in the inaugural Raycom Media Camellia Bowl. This was the first bowl game in South Alabama football history. As a result, in their 5th year of competition, and their 2nd of bowl eligibility, South Alabama broke Florida Atlantic's record and became the youngest FBS team to make a bowl game. In the first Camellia Bowl pit the Jaguars and Bowling Green.[8] South Alabama lost their first bowl game 33–28.[9]

The 2015 South Alabama Jaguars football team was led by seventh-year head coach Joey Jones and played their home games at Ladd–Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama. The Jaguars were members of the Sun Belt Conference. They finished the season 5–7, 3–5 in Sun Belt play to finish in a five-way tie for fifth place.[10]

In 2016, South Alabama recorded its first victory over an SEC opponent when it defeated Mississippi State by a score of 21-20 the opening weekend of the season.[11] The victory was also USA's first over a Power 5 opponent. The Jaguars would go on to finish the season with a 6–7 record, losing to Air Force in the Arizona Bowl.[12][13]


Troy Trojans[edit]

Known as the Battle for the Belt, South Alabama and Troy are in-state and Sun Belt Conference rivals. The two schools didn't meet until 2012,[14] but Troy leads the series at 2–3.[15]

Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns[edit]

South Alabama and UL-Lafayette are Sun Belt Conference foes who first played in 2012 and have faced each other a total of five times with UL-Lafayette holding the series edge 2–3.[16]


Statistics correct as of the end of the 2014–15 college football season

Year-by-year results[edit]

NCAA Division I champions Conference Champions Division Champions Bowl Eligible Undefeated Season
Year NCAA Division Conference Conference Division Overall Conference Coach Final ranking
Games Win Loss Tie Pct. Games Win Loss Tie Pct. Standing AP Coaches'
2009 NCAA unclassified N/A N/A 7 7 0 0 1.000 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Joey Jones - -
2010 NCAA unclassified N/A N/A 10 10 0 0 1.000 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Joey Jones - -
2011 FCS FCS Independent N/A 10 6 4 0 .600 0 0 0 0 .000 N/A Joey Jones - -
2012 FBS Sun Belt N/A 13 2 11 0 .154 8 1 7 0 .125 10th Joey Jones - -
2013 FBS Sun Belt N/A 12 6 6 0 .500 7 4 3 0 .571 5th Joey Jones - -
2014 FBS Sun Belt N/A 13 6 7 0 .462 8 5 3 0 .625 6th Joey Jones - -
2015 FBS Sun Belt N/A 12 5 7 0 .417 8 3 5 0 .375 5th Joey Jones - -
Totals 78 43 35 0 .551 31 13 18 0 .419

Bowl games[edit]

Date Bowl W/L Opponent PF PA
December 20, 2014 Camellia Bowl L Bowling Green 28 33
December 30, 2016 Arizona Bowl L Air Force 21 45
Totals 0–1 49 78

All-time record vs. Sun Belt teams[edit]

Opponent Won Lost Percentage Streak First Last
Appalachian State 1 1 .500 Lost 1 2014 2015
Arkansas State 0 5 .000 Lost 5 2012 2016
Coastal Carolina 0 0
Georgia Southern 0 3 .000 Lost 3 2014 2016
Georgia State 4 2 .667 Won 1 2010 2016
Idaho 2 1 .667 Lost 1 2014 2016
Louisiana–Lafayette 2 3 .400 Lost 1 2012 2016
Louisiana–Monroe 1 2 .333 Lost 1 2012 2016
New Mexico State 1 0 1.000 Won 1 2016 2016
Texas State 1 2 .333 Lost 1 2013 2015
Troy 2 3 .400 Lost 1 2012 2016
Totals 14 22 .371



In a tradition that started in South Alabama's second season, following the death of running back Anthony Mostella, Coach Joey Jones selects a senior that "earned it" would be given Mostella's number 5 jersey for the season. A fan favorite, Mostella was known for his leadership and hard work ethic. Coach Joey Jones wanted to pay respect to Mostella by giving his #5 jersey to a senior each season that displayed the leadership skills and work ethic that Mostella portrayed.[17]


With the establishment of the football team, Homecoming was officially moved to the fall where it had previously supported the school's varsity basketball team.

An attempt by the students of the university to entice a grassroots movement for support of NCAA football in 2006 led to multiple acts of temporary and non destructive vandalism across the campus organized in a single night dubbed by the organizing students as "viva la resistance". Since the Jaguar football team was established homecoming has featured an event called "junk the jungle", in which toilet paper and streamers are used to cover all the trees in the school's central traffic circle. It can only be assumed[by whom?] that this is done in remembrance of those student pranksters as this is identical to one of the acts they committed. Other acts committed that night included sidewalk chalk and window painting of various campus buildings and walkways featuring messages such as "NCAA football", "We Want Football," and drawing images of footballs. The schools track field was also spray painted with the letters "NCAA," in large characters. The individual pranks were conducted by small teams where the final act of "junking the jungle," included all the students invited to participate.

First Down chant[edit]

After most first down gains by the South Alabama Jaguars' football team, the Public Address announcer typically booms out: "Annnnd that's another South Alabama..." followed by thousands of fans rising from the Ladd-Peebles Stadium bleachers with their forefingers pointing upward in the air, completing the sentence loudly with the words: "FIRST DOWN!!!". This is known as "the first down" chant to most Jaguars football fans.


Ladd Peebles Stadium[edit]

Ladd Peebles Stadium has been home to the South Alabama Jaguars football program since it was established in 2009. Ladd Peebles has been a key venue in Mobile's history.[according to whom?] Opened in 1948, the first event held inside the stadium was a college football game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Vanderbilt Commodores on October 2, 1948. The stadium also lives in Alabama Crimson Tide football folklore as the site of head coach Bear Bryant's first game in charge of the Crimson Tide. Ladd Peebles has hosted various other events, from concerts and boxing matches to festivals, and has a present full-capacity of 50,000 seats.

The South Alabama Football Fieldhouse[edit]

The South Alabama Football Fieldhouse covers 49,000 square feet of space, which includes an 8,000-square-foot weight room. It was designed to be functional and to have a "wow" factor for recruiting. In addition to the weight room the fieldhouse contains a main foyer, coaches' offices, locker room, equipment room, administrative offices, training room complete with hot and cold tubs and other medicinal needs, team meeting room, individual position meeting rooms and a players lounge.[18]

Current staff[edit]

Name Position Season at
South Alabama
Joey Jones Head Coach 5th
Robert Matthews Offensive Coordinator, Offensive Line 2nd
Kevin Sherrer Defensive Coordinator, Defensive Backs 1st
Jerry Mack Wide Receivers 2nd
Travis Pearson Inside Linebackers 1st
Freddie Roach Defensive Ends, Outside Linebackers 1st
Chase Smith Assistant Offensive Line 1st
Brian Turner Defensive Tackles 5th
Bryant Vincent Quarterbacks, Assistant Special Teams 3rd
Justin Schwind Strength and Conditioning Coach 5th
John Turner Tight Ends 5th
Brendt Bedsole Director of Operations, Recruiting Coordinator 4th

Conference affiliation[edit]

Future non-conference opponents[edit]

Announced schedules as of November 13, 2015

2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 2025 2026
at Ole Miss vs Louisiana Tech at Nebraska at Southern Miss vs Southern Miss vs Western Illinois vs Central Michigan vs Tulane at Tulane
vs Oklahoma State at Oklahoma State vs Jackson State vs Grambling State at Bowling Green at Central Michigan
vs Alabama A&M at Memphis vs Memphis at Oklahoma State at Tennessee at UCLA
at Louisiana Tech vs Alabama State at UAB vs UAB vs Bowling Green



  1. ^ USA Brand Guidelines (PDF). Retrieved 2016-03-27. 
  2. ^ BOARD OF TRUSTEES VOTES TO ADD NCAA FOOTBALL -—Official Web Site of University of South Alabama Athletics
  3. ^ "Welcome to Ladd Peebles Stadium". Retrieved May 23, 2016. 
  4. ^ PDF: University of South Alabama Football Scheduling Timeline Dead link
  5. ^ "University of South Alabama - 2011 Football Schedule". Retrieved May 23, 2016. 
  6. ^ "At least 2 South Alabama football games to be televised in 3rd season". Retrieved May 23, 2016. 
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  17. ^ "Anthony Mostella will always be more than a football player to South Alabama coach Joey Jones". Retrieved May 23, 2016. 
  18. ^ "A quick tour of South Alabama's football fieldhouse (video)". Retrieved May 23, 2016. 
  19. ^ "South Alabama Jaguars Football Schedules and Future Schedules". Retrieved 2017-03-10. 

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