Preview 2018: Previewing and looking ahead to the South Alabama season with what you need to know.
Preview 2018: South Alabama
Every college football coach has to be a disciplinarian of some sort.
Joey Jones did a great job of building up the South Alabama program and turning it into a two-time bowl team that was good enough to come up with the occasional big upset. But after going 4-8 last season, it was time for a change.
Jones was more of a player’s coach type, and it worked. His team beat Troy last year – LSU didn’t – got by Arkansas State, shocked Mississippi State to start out the 2016 season, and took down San Diego State two years in a row.
And it also lost to Georgia Southern 52-0 in a game the team had to have to keep bowl hopes alive.
Enter Steve Campbell, more of a coachey coach who’ll be harder, tougher, and will change up the program’s style in a big way.
With the experience and talent returning, he’s got the pieces to do something big right away. A winner, anything less than a bowl season will do.
Campbell has six winning seasons in his seven years as a head man, going 6-6 in his first season at Central Arkansas for that one other year.
He took Delta State to the 2000 D-II national title, turned Central Arkansas into an FCS power, and now the 52-year-old gets his shot at the FBS level.
With seven starters returning to each side of the ball, a whole slew of strong newcomers, and the best kicking game in the conference, there’s no honeymoon. There’s no grace period. This should be a very, very good season for USA football, with the foundation put in place by everything Jones was able to do.
Now it’s up to Campbell to take it all to the next level.