It’s daunting work, maintaining a football program. It’s downright exhausting building one from scratch, and there are few who know that better than South Alabama Jaguars head coach Joey Jones. The Mobile native and Bear Bryant era Crimson Tide alum was a year into helping resurrect the D-III Birmingham-Southern program, which had been shuttered since 1939, when he returned home in 2008 to try an even trickier stunt: building a Division I football team from, pretty literally, nothing. As in “his first desk was a legal pad balanced on his knees outside a basketball gym” nothing.
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