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Battle for the Belt Champs: What does win over Troy mean for South Alabama, Joey Jones?

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Even though it wasn't always pretty -- The Jags got the job done against the Trojans, and at least for the moment, took some heat off head coach Joey Jones. (USAJAGUARS)

Wednesday's game against Troy was as close to a must win as you can have at mid-season.

The Jags have struggled with a difficult schedule, along with injuries and at times poor play.

Even though it wasn't always pretty -- The Jags got the job done against the Trojans, and at least for the moment, took some heat off head coach Joey Jones.

There have been some extreme highs, but also some devastating lows.

Joey Jones gave birth to the Jaguar football as the only head coach in program history, but after going 5-3 in Sun Belt Conference play in 2014, they've only won five conference games the next two seasons combined.

This year is currently in the final year of his contract.

"it's unusual at this level that a coach doesn't have an extension." Creg Stephenson said.

Stephenson is the South Alabama beat writer for AL.com and co-host of Sports Drive with Randy Kennedy.

Both believe Jones is fighting for his coaching life this season.

South's upset win over Troy Wednesday levels their conference record at 1-1 and it might be the boost the program needs to keep Jones on the job.


NBC 15's Sports Director Lance Crawford says it's also important to keep in mind South Alabama's football program is still in its infancy.

There are a lot of established football programs around the country that still can't win consistently.

Two bowl appearances in the program's first five seasons at the FBS level shouldn't be taken lightly.